Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan holds funeral for president


The funeral of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who died after a stroke this week aged 78, has been taking place in the city of Samarkand.

Thousands earlier lined the streets of the capital, Tashkent, throwing flowers as his cortege passed.

Karimov, one of Asia’s most autocratic leaders, ruled for 27 years, and was accused by human rights groups of harshly repressing dissent.

Saturday’s funeral comes amid uncertainty over who will succeed him.

However, the event in Samarkand – Karimov’s home city – was being overseen by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Mr Mirziyoyev has been in office since 2003. His deputy, Rustam Azimov, is also seen as a key player.

Three days of mourning are being observed.


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