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Pranab Mukherjee tipped to be new Indian President

07-19-2012 19:28 BJT

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Legislators across India have voted to elect the country’s next president. And the frontrunner is Pranab Mukherjee, India’s political fix-it man. Mukherjee whipped coalition partners into shape and quelled scandals as the Congress party’s chief fixer.

He has headed more than two dozen Cabinet committees dealing with scandals and potential scandals. The 76-year old has been foreign minister, defence minister and finance minister twice. Local media are reporting that he will win more than two-thirds of the vote and even opposition party support, despite a widely criticised stint as finance minister.

Indian national and state lawmakers voted on
Thursday for a new president, with former finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee (pictured on July 1)
seen as a certainty to take up the mainly
ceremonial post


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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