Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Uzbek President Islam Karimov Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

Melinda Barton | 31 August, 2016, 23:22

Baku, Fineko/ Lola Karimova-Tillyayeva, a daughter of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, made a statement about the health of her father "to avoid misunderstandings".

Karimov, 78, is now in intensive care, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said.

Analyst Adzhar Kurtov told Tass he believes that all of the possible successors to Karimov are "people with a very careful approach who will try to create a situation in this transition period that will not allow agitation and destabilization". The news has yet to be confirmed by the government, which insisted yesterday that the President was hospitalised but in a stable condition.

He won Uzbekistan's first elections after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and last March cruised to his fifth five-year term with over 90 percent of the vote. Apparently, Karmiov had been sick for a number of days.

Karimov did not die.

Tashkent-based human rights campaigner Surat Ikramov says that most people are too afraid to talk openly about Mr Karimov's hospitalisation in one of the most repressive countries in the world.

During the war in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan served as an important supply route for USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

The methods used in Uzbekistan's internal crackdown on political and religious enemies were brutal.

The authorities have consistently denied the allegations - including the notorious claim that two alleged extremists were boiled alive in 2002. In 2005, Karimov is believed to have ordered troops to fire on protesters in the eastern city of Andijan, killing hundreds in a massacre that furthered the country's isolation. "(The) establishment of Uzbekistan turns out to be quite coherent and united. "It's a classic authoritarian complex of insecurity and overwhelming strength".

Uzbekistan's government issued an unusual statement on Sunday announcing the hospitalization of President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the former Soviet republic in Central Asia for more than 25 years.

However, those favored to take over in the case of Karimov's long illness or death include Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov.