Turkey announces death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov
Sept.2, Ankara: Turkey says Uzbek President Islam Karimov, one of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, has died. However, there is no official Uzbek confirmation.
Karimov, 78 and in power since 1989, was taken to hospital last week after a brain haemorrhage but the government has only said he is critically ill.
On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a televised meeting Mr Karimov had died.
Uzbek state TV channels have dropped light entertainment programmes.
Karimov has no clear successor. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled by the state.
A UN report has described the use of torture as "systematic". Mr Karimov often justified his strong-arm tactics by highlighting the danger from Islamist militancy in the mainly Muslim country, which borders Afghanistan, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network