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Uzbekistan polls close: Observers criticise lack of choice

Beyond veil of authoritarianism, Uzbek voters are hoping for change, but human rights groups are raising concerns.

Votes are being counted in Uzbekistan‘s parliamentary election, in which observers say there were no genuine opposition choices.

All five parties running are seen as loyal to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

But, it is being hailed as a step away from years of authoritarian rule.

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Tashkent.