tashkent - Uzbek President Islam Karimov (78) is deceased. The stroke that hit him recently become fatal, report sources in diplomatic circles.
The Uzbek authorities announced yet know that the elderly president in critical condition in the intensive care unit was earlier in the day.,, With a heavy heart we announce that the health of our president quickly deteriorates and that doctors consider it critical '' was exceptional communication. Normally the authorities remain silent about the health of Karimov.
The rumor of Karimovs variously, now confirmed by three adept diplomats, already went several days. Last week, surfaced photos that would show that the family cemetery was made ready for his funeral.
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Karimov Uzbekistan already ruled since the former Soviet republic became independent in 1991. Human rights groups call him a dictator who rules with an iron fist. Karimovs death will unleash a power struggle, according to insiders. In Uzbekistan Muslim militants are also active.