Lawmakers in Uzbekistan are holding a debate on broadening the powers of the prime minister.
The press service of the Uzbek parliament's lower chamber, the Oliy Majlis, said on March 14 that relevant constitutional amendments, which were proposed by authoritarian President Islam Karimov, will transfer some of the president's powers to the prime minister and government.
There were no details on what powers would exactly be transferred.
The press service said the amendments would also allow greater transparency of executive actions and democratize the formation of the Central Election Commission.
Karimov, a former Communist Party boss, has been ruling his country with an iron fist for more than two decades.