According to an unnamed government source referenced by the BBC, in Uzbekistan canceled events on the occasion of independence Day, which was scheduled for 1 September. According to a source publication, the reasons for the cancellation were not specified.
The press service of the Ministry of culture and sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in turn, said that while “it is not clear whether [the festival] was canceled or not.” “The head of Department is waiting for the meeting at which it will become clear whether the cancelled holiday or not. And if still cancelled — call the reasons”, — said the press service.
In a press-service of city administration of Tashkent, said that events on the occasion of independence Day of Uzbekistan will take place “as planned, in twelve places.” “We are not authorized to make such decisions [about the cancellation of the holiday]”, — have informed in city administration.
At the same time, according to the Newspaper.uz, congratulations with the 25th anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov has sent a number of world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Chinese President XI Jinping.
Later, the representative of the organizing Committee meeting and said the Agency “Interfax” that the festivities on the occasion of independence Day of Uzbekistan will be held on an abbreviated program: the concert, which was to be held in the center of Tashkent, was canceled. The spokesman said that in the festive concert in the capital have traditionally attended by the head of state. The abolition of the government of the concert said the source RIA Novosti in the diplomatic corps.
On the eve portal “Fergana.<url> reported that the head of Uzbekistan has died. Officially this information, the authorities have not confirmed. At the same time, sources of “Interfax” and “RIA Novosti” in the government and the presidential administration reported that Karimov is alive, the doctors assess his condition as stable.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that the Kremlin does not have confirmation of this information.
That Karimov was in intensive care after a brain hemorrhage, on August 29 announced the President’s daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva. In local media reports about the hospitalization of the Uzbek leader began to appear on August 28.
Karimov 78 years. He led Uzbekistan in 1989, taking the first post of the first Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist party of the Republic, and a year later became President. In 1995, the results of the referendum, his term was extended until 2000. The next election, in 2000, 2007 and 2015 also confirmed the powers of Karimov as the leader of Uzbekistan.