October 28, 2016

Uzbek leader suffers brain haemorrhage

Uzbek President Islam Karimov is in hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov is in a stable condition in an intensive care ward after suffering a brain haemorrhage, his daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva wrote on her Instagram page.

Karimov, 78, who has run Uzbekistan since it was a Soviet republic and wields sweeping powers, has no obvious successor. This means that the eventual transition of power is likely to be decided within a close circle of his family and top officials.

“At the moment, it is too early to make any forecasts about his condition in the future,” his daughter wrote. “I will be grateful to everyone who will support my father with prayers.

The government of Central Asia’s most populous country said Karimov was undergoing hospital treatment, but provided no details.

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