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Narendra Modi to be sworn in as India's new PM

Published on May 26, 2014 5:58 AM
 
Indian Prime Minister-Elect, Narendra Modi gestures during the announcement of Gujarat's first woman chief minister, Anandiben Patel during a meeting at the Town Hall in Gandhinagar, some 30km from Ahmedabad on May 21, 2014. Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi will be sworn in as India’s new prime minister on Monday in a ceremony to be attended by arch rival Pakistan’s premier for the first time in the two nations’ history. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi will be sworn in as India’s new prime minister on Monday in a ceremony to be attended by arch rival Pakistan’s premier for the first time in the two nations’ history.

The 63-year-old hardliner won a landslide election victory, handing him a powerful mandate to revive India’s stagnant economy and implement more assertive foreign policy after 10 years of left-leaning Congress party rule.

Mr Modi, leader of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, invited Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to Monday’s ceremony in a first bold step aimed at mending strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Mr Sharif, who has hailed Mr Modi’s “impressive victory", accepted the invite which was extended to all heads of government from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which includes Pakistan.

 
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