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India names new army chief before poll result: report

Published on May 14, 2014 12:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Congress-led government named a new army chief Tuesday, days before official election results were due in the world's largest democracy where exit polls show the Hindu nationalists headed for victory, a report said.

Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag, 59, will take over from chief of army staff General Bikram Singh after he retires on July 31, the Press Trust of India national news agency quoted sources as saying.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has questioned the Congress' rushed move to 'fill high-profile vacancies' and demanded that the next government be allowed to name the next chief.

Traditionally, the government names the next chief two months before the current one's tenure ends.

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