Friday, September 2, 2016

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Has Died

Washington Post: Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan strongman who exploited anti-terror fight, dies at 78

Islam Karimov, the Communist Party apparatchik who transformed post-independence Uzbekistan into a brutal personal fiefdom while reaping political and economic benefits from the U.S. war in Afghanistan, has died in Tashkent. He was 78.

His death was announced on Friday by state television after days of official silence about his health. His daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, wrote on verified social media accounts that he had suffered a “cerebral hemorrhage” on Aug. 27.

His death threatens instability but offers slight chance of change in Uzbekistan, a landlocked, mostly Muslim country in Central Asia that Mr. Karimov ruled even before independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991. At least publicly, he had not named a successor.

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More News On The Death of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov

Diplomats say the president of Uzbekistan has died after suffering a stroke -- Business insider/Reuters
Veteran Uzbek leader Karimov battled Islamists, suppressed dissent -- Reuters
Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan strongman's death confirmed -- BBC
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov dies -- Al Jazeera
A look at Islam Karimov, Uzbek president since independence -- AP
Why Uzbekistan matters -- BBC
Uzbekistan’s First, Only, and Awful President Just Died -- Joshua Keating, Slate
Analysis: The 'Day After' Has Arrived For Uzbekistan -- RFE
Factbox: Likely key players in a post-Karimov Uzbekistan -- Reuters
Obituary: Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov -- BBC

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