India polls: Manmohan Singh bows out after decade as PM
Published on May 17, 2014 5:56 PM
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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