Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov passed away on September 2 due to medical issues. He had been the country’s leader since it became independent in 1991. In fact, he was the leader of the area even before the country got its independence. The country’s prime minister has taken over as acting president. Uzbekistan used to be part of the country called the Soviet Union (USSR). The Soviet Union split into fifteen separate nations (the largest being Russia).
Uzbekistan is not just a landlocked country, it is a doubly landlocked country. That means that Uzbekistan is surrounded on all sides by nations that themselves are landlocked. Tashkent is its capital. Like Uzbekistan, all of its neighbors’ names also end with “stan”: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Did you know?
There are only two doubly landlocked countries in the world – Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein.
Image Credits: http://www.press-service.uz/ru for the image of Karimov
Sources: https://www.theguardian.com, http://geography.about.com