On July 2, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed amendments to the Law “On Financing Political Parties”, which increase the annual volume of state funds allocated to finance the statutory activities of political parties.

The changes were approved by the legislative (lower) chamber of the Oliy Majlis (parliament) on 11 June and approved by the Senate (upper house) on 22 June.

Annual funding for statutory party activities has increased from 2% to 2.5% of the base calculation value (equal to 340,000 sums, or $26) multiplied by the number of voters in the last legislative chamber election (3,147 million during the 2019 election).

State funds will be distributed based on the results of the last election as follows: 40% equally between the parties and 60% in proportion to the number of mandates the parties win in the lower house of parliament.

In addition to state funds, political parties can be financed by membership fees, income from business activities, and donations from legal entities and citizens of Uzbekistan.

The next parliamentary elections will be held in autumn 2024. The previous elections were held in 2019.

As mentioned earlier, the law signed by the president also prohibits the establishment and operation of foreign political parties and their divisions in Uzbekistan.