Tradition of silence: what is known about the status of the President of Uzbekistan


In the evening, August 29, the news Agency “Fergana” with reference to its sources reported about the death of President Islam Karimov. “The death of Islam Karimov, according to “Fergana”, came in 15-16 hours (Tashkent time (13.30 MSK)” — said the Agency.

This is the Agency a day earlier had reported that the President suffered a stroke, illness on Sunday evening, reported the press service of the government. Information about stroke on Monday afternoon confirmed the Junior President’s daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva. In your account in social networks, she wrote that her father on Saturday suffered a brain hemorrhage, was hospitalized and is in intensive care unit.

Information about the death of the longtime President of the Central Asian Republic, official sources do not confirm. On Monday evening, RIA Novosti and Interfax, citing sources in the government said that Karimov is alive and is in serious but stable condition. No confirmation of this information and the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, he reported “RIA Novosti”. Additional information have neither regional nor Western media.

Experts on the region, the chief editor of “Fergana” Daniil Kislov and Arkady Dubnov, pay attention to the fact that earlier the Uzbek authorities never confirmed the President’s health problems, although the details of the illness of 78-year-old politician has long appeared on the independent and opposition resources. In February 2015, the observers noted the disappearance of Karimov from public space for a few weeks.

Disease Karimova can change the course of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of independence Day – this holiday is celebrated annually on 1 September. During these years, since 1989, Karimov led the country.

Information about the illness of the President has provoked discussion of the figure of the successor. Karimov during the presidency no they did not declare. The interviewed Russian experts call the names of the Prime Minister of the country Shavkat mirzijaeva, Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov. They note that in order to obtain the power of the successor must be supported by the relatives of the President and the head of the national security Service Rustam Inoyatov, which itself could be the successor. In accordance with the law, in case of failure by the President to perform the duties of acting becomes the President of the Senate. Now this post is Nigmatilla Yuldashev.

On the background of rumors about the death of Karimov evening, August 29, the source Agency Regnum reported the arrest of Asimov. This information was denied by Sputnik Agency of Uzbekistan on the morning of 30 August, the Ministry of Finance. First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov at the moment is in the workplace, according to the Agency.

According to the correspondent of Agency, because information about the disease Karimov “most of the population is in a sort of confused” as “loved by the majority of Uzbek President for many years demonstrated an enviable health, especially because the government never commented on matters of health of the head of state, with the exception of what is happening right now situation”.

According to Arkadiy Dubnov; even in the case of the death of President information about its environment can hide until then, until you come to an agreement about a successor.

The tradition of silence

During the collapse of the Soviet Union died, the two presidents of independent republics — the President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev and President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov. The opposition and independent observers doubt that society has been notified of the exact dates of death of both.

The official date of Heydar Aliyev’s death is December 12, 2003. He last spoke in public on 21 April 2003, during a speech he twice became ill.It was screened in Turkey in may, and then returned to the same Turkish hospital “Gulhane” in July. After that, the President never appeared in public, wrote “Kommersant”, and since July, almost every day began to appear the rumors about his death. In August of that year, the representatives of Azerbaijani opposition said that Heydar Aliyev died 30 July in Turkey. According to official information, the senior Aliyev after treatment in Turkey was transferred to the American Cleveland. 2, according to state television read out the address of Heydar Aliyev to the people, in which he withdrew from the elections in favor of his son Ilham, who won their 15th of October.

The official date of the death of Saparmurat Niyazov on 21 December 2006. However, this date is questionable from the opposition. By law, after the death of the President to fulfill his responsibilities before the election, was the speaker. However, the State security Council has laid responsibilities on the Minister of health and Deputy Prime Minister Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is also head of the funeral Commission, and in February 2007 won the election.

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