Tribal candidate Droupadi Murmu elected as 15th president of India

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Fri, 22 Jul 2022 7:09 GMT
A woman from India's tribal minority, Droupadi Murmu, was elected as the country's president Thursday with the backing of the ruling party, making her the first person from the marginalised community to occupy the top post. Murmu secured the largely cerem...
Tribal candidate Droupadi Murmu elected as 15th president of India
A woman from India's tribal minority, Droupadi Murmu, was elected as the country's president Thursday with the backing of the ruling party, making her the first person from the marginalised community to occupy the top post. Murmu secured the largely ceremonial position with the support of more than half the electorate of MPs and state legislators.

Droupadi Murmu was elected on Thursday the 15th president of India, according to an official announcement.

Murmu, who defeated opposition nominee Yashwant Singh. is the first Indian president from a tribal community and is the second woman to hold the highest office in the country.

She will succeed President Ram Nath Kovind, whose term ends on July 24th.

In an official announcement, returning officer P C Mody said that out of 4,754 ballots cast, Droupadi Murmu secured 2,824 votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Murmu at her residence in New Delhi to congratulate her after her victory in the presidential poll.

In a series of tweets, Modi said the country was writing history as "a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!"

He said Droupadi Murmu's life, her "early struggles, her rich service and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian.

"She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden," said Modi.
Many hope her tenure will help India's marginalized Indigenous population.

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