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Afghan mujahideen fighter turned president dies: family

AFP  |  Kabul 

An Afghan commander who fought the Soviets and rose to become the country's after the retreated has died aged 93, his family said Tuesday.

Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, who commanded a faction during the decade-long insurgency against the Soviet occupiers, passed away late Monday in a after a

Prominent Afghans, including former Hamid Karzai, have begun visiting the Mojaddedi family home to pay their respects.

Afghanistan's de facto extended his condolences to the respected Mojaddedi clan.

"He has played a vital role in all national issues and his legacy will remain part of Afghanistan's history," he posted on

and former said Mojaddedi's passing "leaves a huge vacuum in Afghan politics and public life".

Mojaddedi's death comes three days before

The crossed the into Soviet on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses.

After the withdrawal, Afghanistan's communist regime collapse in 1992 and Mojaddedi, who led the Afghan National Liberation Front, was chosen as

He served just two months under a power-sharing deal struck by leaders. These factions later turned on each other and plunged into civil war.

But Mojaddedi continued to play a prominent role in Afghan politics, particularly after the fall of the in 2001.

In 2003, Mojaddedi served as of the Loya Jirga -- or -- that approved Afghanistan's new constitution for a post-era.

He also chaired a four-day gathering of around 2,500 tribal elders in 2013 to endorse a security agreement under which the would keep troops in to train Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism operations.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 15:00 IST