Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan strongman's death confirmed
21:35, Friday, 02 September, 2016
The Uzbek government has confirmed the death of President Islam Karimov, six days after he was taken to hospital with a suspected brain haemorrhage. One of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, Mr Karimov, 78, died after 27 years in power. Mr Karimov has no clear successor. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled. He will be buried on Saturday in his home city of Samarkand and three days of mourning will be observed.