Kyrgyzstan's president taken to Moscow hospital for heart problems

The president of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has been taken to a Moscow hospital because of heart problems, his office said Friday.

Atambayev, who has one year remaining in his single six-year term, is receiving treatment at the Central Clinical Hospital of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, his office said in a statement.

Atambayev, 60, cancelled his speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week because of severe health problems.

Atambayev suffered from chest pains while flying from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to New York, state media reported Monday. The plane stopped in Istanbul and Atambayev was taken to a hospital there for immediate treatment.

Atambayev is the second Central Asian leader to suffer from severe medical problems in recent weeks. Uzbekistan's longtime leader, Islam Karimov, died of complications from a stroke earlier this month.

Last update: Fri, 23/09/2016 - 14:52

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