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TASHKENT – President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov was hospitalized with a cerebral hemorrhage yesterday, his daughter said in a statement.

Karimov, 78, is now in intensive care, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said. “His condition is considered stable. At the moment it is too early to make any predictions about his future health.”

Karimov, a former Communist Party official, has been president of the Central Asian country of 30 million since it split from the Soviet Union in 1991. He is regarded as an iron-fisted leader, who has been elected three times in elections deemed neither free nor fair by election monitors.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with President Islam Karimov during his visit to Uzbekistan last year.–File photo
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with President Islam Karimov during his visit to Uzbekistan last year.–File photo

He has extended his term in office through referendum, neutralized his political opponents and eliminated all opposition media.

Karimov was last seen on state television on August 17, meeting with South Korea’s interior minister.

He has no clear successor, leading to doubts about the government’s long-term stability, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said Monday.