For the second time in history, a woman has become the President of India.
The National Democratic Alliance candidate Draupadi Murmu, a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, won. Murmu received 64% of the electoral vote, her opponent from the opposition Yashwant Sinha – 36% .jpg” alt=”Second female president of India” />
National Democratic Alliance candidate Draupadi Murmu won the Indian presidential election, according to the Times of India.
Murmu won 64% of the electoral votes from among the members of parliament and local assemblies of states and territories, her opposition rival Yashwant Sinha— 36%. Murmu received votes in all states of the country, Sinha lost in three states. Sinha congratulated Murma on his victory.
The incumbent Prime Minister Nerendra Modi also congratulated the new president.
“Draupadi Murma's life, her early struggles, her rich service and her exemplary success motivate every Indian . She has become a beacon of hope for our citizens, especially for the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed,— he wrote on Twitter.
Murmu will take the oath on July 25, the day the term of office of incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind ends.
India— parliamentary republic, so the president in the country performs mainly representative functions. His term of office is five years and no more than two consecutive terms.
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Murmu has become the 15th president of India since the country gained independence in 1947. Murmu will be the second female president after Pratibha Patil, who was an Indian leader from 2007 to 2012, and the first president from one of the Indian tribes (Santals).
She is 64 years old and previously was the governor of the state of Jharkhand for east of India. Murmu has been in politics since 1997, when she became a municipal deputy. Since that time, she has been a member of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata party, which is the largest in the NDA, its leader— Modi.
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