Until now Uzbek president Islam Karimov used to nominate prime minister whose candidacy was then subject to approval by parliament. Reportedly, for the first time in the history of Uzbekistan, the candidacy of the prime minister was nominated by the parliament majority party; Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic party (UzLiDeP), and is now subject for approval by the president.
57-year-old Shaukat Mirziyoev has served as prime minister since 2003.
He was previously nominated by President Islam Karimov in December 12, 2003 and approved by the Uzbek parliament. Prior to the appointment of the Prime Minister, from September 2001 to 2003 he was khokim (mayor) of Samarkand region, previously held a similar post in Jizzakh region from 1996 to 1999.