Tuesday 27 September 2016

Uzbekistan anniversary concert cancelled amid fears over president's health

Published 30/08/2016 | 17:26

Islam Karimov's daughter said on social media that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage (AP)
Islam Karimov's daughter said on social media that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage (AP)

A concert marking Uzbekistan's 25th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union has been cancelled amid uncertainty about the health of the country's president, news agencies have reported.

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The government announced on Sunday that Islam Karimov, the 78-year-old hardliner who has ruled since independence, had been taken to hospital, but gave no further details.

His daughter said later on social media that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

No government statements on his health have been issued on Tuesday, a day after unconfirmed reports of his death circulated.

Russia's Interfax news agency cited an unnamed organiser of the independence day event as saying a concert planned for Wednesday in the capital Tashkent had been cancelled.

The state news agency RIA Novosti cited a diplomatic source as saying Uzbekistan had informed Russia of the cancellation.

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