President Islam Karimov (file photo) (AFP)
24 February 2006 -- The upper house of the Uzbek parliament has elected a new chairman.
Elgizar Sabirov, who headed the Senate's defense committee, replaces Murat Sharifkhodjev.
Addressing the Senate, Uzbek President Islam Karimov praised Sharifkhodjev's work, but said ill-health was preventing him from continuing.
The Senate is due today to discuss ratification of a union treaty with Russia and approval of resolutions on Uzbekistan joining the Eurasian Economic Community.