Uzbek president Islam Karimov has died, Turkish PM tells cabinet

The Turkish prime minister has said Islam Karimov has died, hours after theUzbekistan government conceded for the first time the president was critically ill.

Binali Yıldırım told the Turkish cabinet in televised remarks that Karimov, the authoritarian ruler of the former Soviet republic, had “passed away” and said the country was “sharing the pain and sorrow of Uzbek people”.

Karimov’s daughter Lola said earlier this week the 78-year old had suffered a brain haemorrhage but the government had remained silent, making its first announcement on Friday following days of unofficial reports that Karimov was critically ill or even dead.

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