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Kazakhstan: Karimov in the News: Impact on Nazarbayev’s Succession Plans

On 31 August Uzbek President Islam Karimov issued a statement to his country congratulating it on the 25th anniversary of its independence. The statement, however, came amid strong speculation and multiple reports that the 78-year-old ruler had died earlier this week. Kazakhstan’s leadership is closely following the unfolding succession process in neighboring Uzbekistan, as 76-year-old Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his family face the same problem that Karimov’s two daughters do now.

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