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Uzbek President Misses Independence Day Speech Due to Illness

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov missed the country’s Independence Day celebrations Thursday, remaining hospitalized since suffering a stroke. A state TV anchor read Karimov’s speech in his place. The speech, attributed to Karimov, encouraged the country’s citizens to continue to move forward, after independence gave them the “opportunity to build a free and prosperous life.” The sudden stroke and hospitalization of Uzbekistan’s only president since independence has formed a dark...

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