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FILE PHOTO - Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov makes a statement at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 15, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo

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ALMATY (Reuters) - An Uzbek state television presenter on Wednesday read out the Independence Day address traditionally delivered by President Islam Karimov, who has been in hospital since Saturday following a brain haemorrhage.

Karimov's daughter said earlier on Wednesday he was recovering, countering reports of his death by some media, while the Tashkent government cancelled some holiday events such as a Wednesday concert and a Thursday fireworks show.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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