Uzbekistan without Karimov: what will happen to the country after the death of President

2 Sep on 79-m to year of life has died the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. This was reported by his youngest daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva. “He left us… for words and don’t believe in it…” — she wrote on his page in Instagram.

The funeral of President

The message about the sharp deterioration of the state Islam Karimov on the morning of September 2, published the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic. As reported by a source close to the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Karimov was in a coma. “Probably been no hope, the brain actually does not work”, — the interlocutor told .

Later, some media reported about the death of Karimov, but confirmed it only in the evening, the message of the President’s daughter. Then it became known that the funeral will be held on 3 September in Samarkand — hometown Karimov.

Most likely, as previously reported news Agency “Fergana”, Karimov in Samarkand will be buried in the cemetery adjacent to the monument of Shah-I-Zinda, where the graves of the brothers and mother Karimov.

Samarkand in the day of the funeral Karimov will be closed to all aircraft except air transport international delegations. The Russian delegation at the funeral will be headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, it also includes the Deputy Prime Minister, head of government staff Sergei Prikhodko. President Vladimir Putin will not be able to attend the funeral, as this time will be East economic forum.

According to media reports on the funeral ceremony will be attended by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbekov Sooronbai. The press service of the Kyrgyz government reported that Samarkand will be the Prime Minister of the country Sooronbai Jeenbekov. Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Karim Massimov wrote in his Twitter that he on behalf of the head of state will travel to the funeral.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko ordered to take part in the ceremonies in Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov, reports “Interfax”. Turkmenistan at the ceremony will be presented by the President of the country Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to abolish scheduled for September 3-4 visit to Kyrgyzstan.

The reaction of the locals

The funeral cortege with the body of Karimov on Saturday morning will be able to hold everyone, reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the administration of Uzbekistan’s capital. “We notified all after the tragic news, the motorcade will leave at six in the morning (4:00 GMT) in the airport, people can spend their first President in the last journey,” — said the Agency interlocutor. The country declared three days of mourning.

According to the correspondent in Tashkent, in the city all is quiet now, and the news of the death of President people learn mainly from social networks. As told one of the locals, in a one-hour and half-hour the news said nothing about the death of Karimov.

That state TV channels of Uzbekistan on 2 September changed the broadcasting schedule announced “”. From the program were excluded entertainment, advertising, TV shows, some movies. They were replaced with programs about the history and culture of Uzbekistan, achievements and transformations over the years of Karimov.

Probable successors

The head of the funeral Commission appointed by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev. He has served as Premier since 2003. As previously mentioned expert Andrei Grozin, the one who will be appointed head of the funeral Commission, most likely will be the next President of the Republic.

So in 2006 occurred in Turkmenistan. When he died the President of the country Saparmurat Niyazov, the funeral Director became the Minister of health, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. He, by the decision of the national security Council, was appointed acting President, although under the law this position was to head the Senate. Uzbekistan also has such a rule. While that presidential powers can obtain, the Chairman of the Senate of Nigmatulla Yuldashev, not officially reported, however, in his letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the website of the press service of the Kremlin, Yuldashev called acting.

About Shavkat Mirziyaev little is known. He was born July 24, 1957 in Jizzakh region. According to the Tajik portal Asia Plus, rod Mirzaevich comes from Tajikistan, father politics was a doctor and mother a nurse in the hospital, where he contracted and died. Mirzaev graduated from the Tashkent Institute of irrigation and mechanization of agriculture, which was not prestigious, even in Soviet times. In addition, he has a reputation as a man who is not very well versed in the modern economy and world politics. Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister in 2003, from September 2001 to 2003, he was Governor of Samarkand region, previously held the same post in his native Jizzakh region.

A study by the International Institute of political situation indicates that, as a guberantor two areas mirzijaev has been associated with Bukhara-Samarkand group, to which belonged Karimov. Cizakca usually easily find a common language with Tashkent. Among the opposition there were rumors that he was a Tajik language, which gives it affinity with Islam Karimov, the study said.

“He is considered very moderate, humble Karimov politician. This is a plus for the appointment of a successor, as he will continue the policy of the current President and is likely to comply with the agreement with his family”, — was stated in the same report, based on interviews with experts.

Have mirzijaeva has ties with the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov: in the beginning of may 2013, died in a car accident Babur Usmanov, the husband of the niece mirzijaeva and at the same time, Usmanov’s nephew.

Another likely candidate for the post of successor to Karimov, according to experts, could become Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov. He is the son of the famous Uzbek scientist, Sadik Azimov, closely associated with the elite groups of the Tashkent clan, mentioned in the study WAS. Asimov has long worked in the positions of Chairman of the National Bank for foreign economic Affairs and the Minister of Finance.