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Pranab Mukherjee elected India president

  • Former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has been elected as India’s new president.

    Mukherjee, of the ruling Congress Party, was elected by members of the national and state parliaments.

    The position is largely ceremonial but he could help decide who forms the next government after elections in 2014 if there is no clear winner.

    Mukherjee's term runs for five years. He replaces Pratibha Patil, who was India's first female president.

    He has served as finance, foreign and defence minister and also served on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.