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Uzbek strongman leader Islam Karimov dies

Uzbek President Islam Karimov died on September 2, 2016Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov died Friday, the government announced, ending over a quarter of a century of his iron-fisted rule in the Central Asian nation with no clear successor lined up. Authorities said Karimov, 78, was pronounced dead at 20:55 local time (15:55 GMT) following days of speculation that authorities were delaying announcing his passing after he reportedly suffered a stroke over the weekend. The strongman’s funeral will be held in his home city of Samarkand on Saturday as the country begins three days of mourning, the statement said, with Uzbekistan now facing the greatest moment of uncertainty of its post-Soviet history.

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