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PM Modi condoles demise of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov

Updated: Sep 03, 2016 15:03 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the passing away of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov.

"I condole the passing away of Uzbekistan President Mr. Islam Karimov. May his soul rest in peace," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Karimov, who crushed all opposition in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan as its only president in a quarter-century of independence from the Soviet Union, yesterday died of a stroke at age 78, the Uzb.

Karimov's daughter had earlier this week said that her father had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

The 78-year old leader had been running an authoritarian regime in the central Asian country since 1989, suppressing opposition and cultivating no apparent successor.

Uzbekistan celebrated its independence day on Thursday and it was widely assumed that the government was to make an announcement on his condition. (ANI)