As many as 27 new mosques will be built in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan by the end of this year. This was announced by the public relations office of the country’s Department for Religious Affairs. The office said in a statement on Friday that construction of 27 new mosques began in the beginning of this year. Muhammad Nazar Qayumev, head of the department’s mosques affairs section, said there are renovation and repair projects underway in 124 other mosques. He said last year 12 new mosques had been constructed and more than 20 mosques had been renovated or repaired. Currently, there are a total of 2037 mosques in Uzbekistan, where around 96 percent of the population is Muslim.