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India polls: Manmohan Singh bows out after decade as PM

Published on May 17, 2014 5:56 PM
 
In this screengrab taken from Indian state television station Doordarshan on May 17, 2014, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the nation from his residence in New Delhi. Dr Singh defended his decade-long record on Saturday as he resigned as prime minister a day after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic election victory. -- PHOTO : AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Manmohan Singh defended his decade-long record on Saturday as he resigned as prime minister a day after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic election victory.

The 81-year-old premier's final years in power were marked by slowing economic growth as his government struggled to overcome charges of weak leadership and corruption.

After making a final televised address to the nation in the morning, India's third-longest serving PM was driven to the presidency building in central New Delhi, where he tendered his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee.

"Today India is a far stronger country than it was a decade ago," he said in a short and typically low-key speech, wearing his trademark blue turban.

 
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