Uzbekistan is preparing to bury President Islam Karimov, one of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, who died this week aged 78, BBC reports.

 

His death was confirmed by the government in Tashkent on Friday, six days after he was taken to hospital following a stroke.

 

He ruled for 27 years, and is accused by human rights groups of harshly repressing dissent.

 

Saturday's funeral comes amid uncertainty over who will succeed him.

 

However, the occasion - in Mr Karimov's home city of Samarkand - will be overseen by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, seen as a potential successor.

 

Three days of mourning are being observed.

 

 

 

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