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Uzbek Leader in Intensive Care After Brain Hemorrhage

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FILE - Uzbek President Islam Karimov (L) is pictured during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Palace of Forums in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Nov. 1, 2015.

FILE - Uzbek President Islam Karimov (L) is pictured during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Palace of Forums in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Nov. 1, 2015.

Speculation abounds about the state of health of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, but media reports that he has died have not been confirmed, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

His younger daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, wrote on social media Monday that her father was in a "stable" condition in the hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage over the weekend.

Uzbek authorities have not released further official statements on Karimov’s health since he was rushed into intensive care.

Karimov, 78, has ruled the country since before it gained independence from Moscow in 1991.

Human rights groups have criticized former Soviet apparatchik Karimov for his brutal crackdown on all opposition in Uzbekistan, mainly for the alleged massacre of hundreds of protesters in the city of Andijan in 2005.

Technically, the head of the senate should step in if Karimov dies or is incapable of fulfilling his duties.

However, those favored to take over in the case of Karimov's long illness or death include Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov.

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