Uzbekistan's president is critically ill: govt

September 2, 2016 7:03 AM

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TASHKENT: Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov is critically ill, his government said on Friday, which could indicate that Central Asia's most populous nation is preparing for its first transfer of power since independence.

The health of Karimov, 78, has sharply deteriorated over the past 24 hours, the cabinet said in a brief statement published by official newspaper Narodnoye Slovo.

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