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‘Oldest woman in the world’ celebrates her 134th birthday at a banquet party

Almihan Seyiti is said to have been born in 1886 but there is some scrutiny about her age because her birth records from the era of the Guangxu Emperor are unverifiable

The woman claimed to be the oldest person on earth has just had her 134th birthday party.

Almihan Seyiti is said to have been born in 1886 – two years before Jack the Ripper began his reign of terror in London.

On Thursday officials threw a banquet for her in the Uigur region of Shule, south west China.

According to local media, Almihan, whose life has spanned three centuries, enjoys singing and playing musical instruments.

Married at 17 and a widow for 44 years, she is said to be in good health and can still hear and see, although walking is difficult.

Almihan became China’s oldest citizen in 2013 when she was 127.

She has an identity card listing her date of birth as June 25, 1886 but has became the focus of some international scrutiny as a result of her unverifiable birth records from the era of the Guangxu Emperor.

Guinness World Records said it had not been invited to independently verify Almihan’s age.

But she is accredited by London-registered Carrying the Flag World Records and Shanghai China Records.

It means she could be 27 years older than Guinness’s oldest living person, Japan’s Kane Tanaka, who turned 117 in January.

Guinness World Records has France’s Jeanne Louise Calment as the world’s oldest person ever.

She died in 1997, at the age of 122.

However, the unverified nature of Almihan’s claim has not stop-ped her enjoying her annual birthday celebrations.

Her family said: “She just loves a crowd.”



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