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Tajik First Deputy Prime Minister Dies

First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Ghulomov (center) during a recent meeting with a UN Development Program delegation.
DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan's first deputy prime minister, Asadullo Ghulomov, has died suddenly at the age of 57, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Unconfirmed reports suggested Ghulomov died of a stroke.

A government official confirmed to RFE/RL that Ghulomov died during a helicopter trip to inspect the Sangtuda hydroelectric power plant in the south of the country.

Ghulomov was born in February 28, 1954, in Danghara, some 70 kilometers south of Dushanbe. Danghara is the home district of Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon.

Ghulomov graduated in 1976 from Tajikistan's Polytechnical University and had served as first deputy prime minister since December 2006.

He is survived by a wife and four children.

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