The official sources have confirmed that the longest-ruling Muslim leader from the Soviet era Islam Karimov has died aged 78, Reuters reports.
UPDATE: News of Karimov’s death was actually premature. Interfax files a retraction.
NAIJ.com has reported that Uzbek President Karimov has died after suffering a stroke, leaving no obvious successor to take over the Central Asian nation.
Earlier on September 2 Uzbek government said the health of Karimov, who has been in hospital since last Saturday, had sharply deteriorated.
Uzbek President Karimov
Officials say Uzbekistan is holding a funeral for President Islam Karimov on September 3, Saturday.
The video obtained by NAIJ.com showed that the body of the Muslim leader has arrived in his home-town Samarkand:
The funeral appeared probably to take place in Karimov’s hometown of Samarkand, where his mother and two brothers are also buried. Municipal authorities there mobilized public workers to clean the central streets late on Thursday.