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

Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov (file photo)
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.