Following the reshuffles within his cabinet, Nazarbayev has made new appointments to the Central Election Commission starting with replacing the ex-chairman with his longstanding ally and family member Imashev. The new appointments could be a sign that Nazarbayev is preparing for a transition before his presidential term comes to an end.
As the new acting president until elections in December, current Prime Minister Mirziyoyev has already begun to cement his authority. In his new role as the new interim leader of Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev’s mandate has become increasingly clear: to bring back “outlawed” individuals, slowly break Karimov’s legacy, and finalise consensus with the Tashkent-clan to secure a transition that is much more seamless than observers had initially expected.