Since Saturday, 28th August 2016, Uzbek president, Islam Karimov, was hospitalized and his health deteriorated quickly, leading to his death, which occurred today, 2nd September 2016.
The Uzbek President died after suffering a stroke. However, the Uzbek government did not immediately confirm the reports of his death earlier, because they didn’t want to make a big deal out of the fact that the country had no one to succeed the presidential seat.
In March 2013, he had suffered a heart attack, which was later said to be a false alarm by the media. Then on 26th August 2016, Islam Karimov suffered a stroke but his family members assured the media that he was responding well to treatment.
Just yesterday, 1st September 2016, Uzbekistan celebrated her 25th independence anniversary. Karimov’s speech was read on TV by a presenter, Karimova-Tillyaeva, who stated that the public support was helping him recovery and pleaded with the public to not speculate on his condition.
However, Islam Karimov died today at the age of 78 and is survived by his wife, Tatyana Karimova and three children.
Long criticized by the West and human rights groups for his authoritarian style of leadership, Karimov had ruled Uzbekistan since 1989, first as the boss of the local Communist Party and then as president of the newly independent republic from 1991.
Karimov did not designate a successor and analysts say the transition of power is likely to be decided behind closed doors by a small group of senior officials and family members.
There is no news yet on who would succeed the late president, although there will be an announcement to that regard later on. However, whoever is named would head the commission in charge of organizing the funeral of the fallen politician. May his soul R.I.P!