Uzbekistan President Karimov health failing

September 2, 2016 8:11 AM

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Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, who has run an authoritarian regime in the impoverished Central Asian nation of 31 million since 1989, is gravely ill, according to a government website.

“Dear compatriots, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the health of our President has sharply deteriorated in the past 24 hours to reach a critical state,” the government said. Russian state news agency RIA also published the statement.

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