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Uzbek Prime Minister Hospitalized With 'Minor Injuries' After Traffic Accident

Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov (file photo)

Senior officials in Uzbekistan's Interior Ministry have told RFE/RL that Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov has been hospitalized with "minor injuries" following a traffic accident.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed media reports saying Aripov's car collided with another vehicle on the Bekabad-Tashkent highway at about 9 a.m. on August 20.

According to the officials, Aripov was rushed to a hospital in the Bekabad district near Tashkent. They said his injuries were not life-threatening.

The authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.