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India elect woman from minority tribe as president

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The republic of India has elected a woman president Mrs Droupadi Murmu from the country’s minority tribe, Santhal.

She was elected as the country’s president on Thursday with the backing of the ruling party, making her the first person from the marginalised community to occupy the top post.

According to the report, she secured the largely ceremonial votes with the support of more than half the electorate of MPs and state legislators, partial results released by the electoral commission showed.

The president elects, ’64’ was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the post.

Modi tweeted to congratulate Murmu, saying her “exemplary success motivates every Indian.

“She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden.”

Her closest rival, the opposition-backed Yashwant Sinha — an ex-member of the BJP and former finance and external affairs minister, also tweeted his congratulations.

“India hopes that as the 15th President of the Republic she functions as the custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour,” Sinha wrote.

It was gathered that Murmu would be the country’s second woman president after Pratibha Patil, who held the position for five years from 2007 and succeeded Ram Nath Kovind, the second president from the Dalit community, the bottom of the Hindu caste system.

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