Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has been hospitalized, a government statement says, amid rumors that he is seriously ill.
Islam Karimov, 78, was undergoing a full examination and treatment would “take a certain period of time”, without giving further details, the statement added.
Islam Karimov is known to have health issues, but the government has never previously issued a statement about his health.
Unconfirmed reports quoted by the Fergananews website said that Islam Karimov had suffered a stroke.
Islam Karimov was last seen on state TV on August 17 meeting the South Korean interior minister.
Uzbekistan’s Independence Day celebrations – which the president always attends – are to be held on September 1.