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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 - 6:46
India politician J Jayalalitha dies at 68, new leader appointed
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It has been confirmed that one of India's most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68.

Chennai's Apollo Hospital has said that the chief minister of the Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 11:30 last night.

In a message of condolence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief and solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi hailed her as a "towering figure in India’s national and political life, and Arch-rival Karunanidhi's daughter said that Jayalalitha was a rare uncompromising leader.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Tamil Nadu's new Chief Minister at the state Raj Bhavan or Governor's residence.

 
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