Karimov's body was flown from Tashkent to Samarkand

The funeral of the President of Uzbekistan will be held in his hometown of Samarkand.

3 September 2016 12:14

The coffin with the body of President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, whose death was announced the day before, has been flown from Tashkent to his hometown of Samarkand, where the funeral will take place on Saturday.

In connection with the death of the leader, who led the country for more than a quarter century, a three-day mourning was announced in Uzbekistan, according to the BBC Ukraine.

Along the streets through which the funeral procession was moving, people lined up from early morning pelting the cars with flowers. All planes are diverted to Tashkent because the airspace above Samarkand has been closed for civilian flights since Friday.

According to official information, the death of a 78-year-old President was certified on September 2 at 8.55 pm local time, approximately one hour before the announcement.

The cause of death is "acute cerebrovascular accident (stroke), leading to irreversible changes in the brain and multiple organ failure."

According to the Constitution of Uzbekistan, presidential powers temporarily moved to Senate Chairman Nigmatulla Yuldashev. However, the funeral commission is led by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the most likely successor to the late leader, according to analysts.

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