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TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbekistan will elect a new president on Dec. 4 following the death of veteran leader Islam Karimov last week, the elections authority said on Friday,

Political parties will be able to nominate candidates between Sept. 30 and Oct. 20, Central Election Commission Chairman Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov told reporters.

Karimov died of a stroke on Sept.2 aged 78 after ruling the resource-rich country of 32 million people for 27 years.

On Thursday, Uzbekistan's parliament named Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as interim president. [nL8N1BK2LZ]

(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov)

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