Uzbek president tells police to lose weight

  • 4 March 2019
Shavkat Mirziyoyev president of Uzbekistan Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Shavkat Mirziyoyev president of Uzbekistan

The president of Uzbekistan has demanded that police and military personnel lose weight.

He made the remarks, reported on local news website Daryo.uz, on 1 March on a visit to the eastern city of Namangan.

Urging overweight police officers and ministry of defence employees to slim down, he said: "We do not need an overweight officer or policeman. How can he catch a criminal in this condition?"

He suggested that corpulent employees should take up sports to help them shed the pounds. "We will set a deadline of three or six months," he said. However, President Mirziyoyev did not say what would happen to those who didn't meet the deadline.

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Chinese broadcaster censors Rami Malek Oscars speech

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