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    Uzbekistan Leader Karimov in Critical Condition - Cabinet

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    Uzbekistan leader Islam Karimov is in critical condition after having suffered a stroke, the country’s Cabinet confirmed.

    Karimov was hospitalized early on Saturday after suffering a stroke. 

    "With a heavy heart that we inform you that in the past 24 hours the condition of our president saw a sharp deterioration and is considered critical by the doctors," a Friday statement released by Uzbekistan’s Cabinet says.

    The statement confirms that Karimov had suffered a stroke.

    "As it was reported earlier, the head of our state, Islam Abdugʻaniyevich Karimov was hospitalized last Saturday after having suffered a stroke," the statement says.

    The reports of Karimov's death were previously dismissed by a source in the Uzbek Presidential Office.


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