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Russian governor resigns over deadly mall fire

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An aerial view taken with a drone on March 27, 2018 shows a multi-story shopping mall after it was gutted by a fire in the industrial city of Kemerovo, in western Siberia. (By AFP)

Aman Tuleyev, the longtime governor of Russia's Kemerovo region, resigned Sunday over a huge mall fire that killed at least 64 people, most of them children, in the city of Kemerovo.

"The governor of Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyev, handed Russian President Vladimir Putin his resignation letter," a statement released by his office said.

A file photo of Kemerovo Region's former Governor Aman Tuleyev

Tuleyev had been at the helm of the key coal-mining region since 1997.

(Source: AFP)

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