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Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Dies At 78

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Posted: Sep 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Uzbek president Islam Karimov is dead, leaving no obvious successor to lead the central Asian country.

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Y?ld?r?m, revealed the news in a televised meeting with his cabinet, saying: “We send our condolences and share the pain of the Uzbek people.”

Three diplomatic sources also told Reuters he was dead, but Uzbek officials have said only that Mr Karimov was gravely ill.

On Friday, the government issued a statement saying: “Dear compatriots, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the health of our president has sharply deteriorated in the past 24 hours to reach a critical state, according to the doctors.”

The message followed days of unofficial reports Mr Karimov was near to death after he suffered a stroke last week. His daughter Lola said the 78 year old had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Georgian President Giorgy Margvelashvili was another leader who expressed condolences over the death of Mr Karimov in a statement on the presidential website.

“I’d like to express my condolences from me personally and on behalf of the Georgian people to the President’s family and Uzbek people,” Mr Margvelashvili added.