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Voting under way to elect new India president – BBC News

Voting is being held in India to elect a new president.

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The front-runner is a former state governor and Dalit (formerly untouchable) leader, Ram Nath Kovind.

He is being challenged by opposition candidate and India’s first woman speaker Meira Kumar who is also a Dalit.

Indian presidents are not elected directly by the people but by an electoral college made up of members of parliament and state assemblies.

The results of the poll are expected to be announced on 20 July.

The winner will replace Pranab Mukherjee, a political veteran of the main opposition Congress party, who has held the post from 2012.

Polling began in parliament in the capital, Delhi, and state capitals, at 1000 (04:30GMT). Voting is expected to end at 1700 hours.

A total of 4,896 lawmakers – parliamentarians and legislators – are expected to vote in Monday’s election.

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Mr Kovind, 71, a trained lawyer, has been a two-time BJP MP and governor of the Bihar state. If elected he will be India’s second Dalit president. Congress veteran Meira Kumar, 72, a former lawyer and diplomat, is also from the Dalit community. She has been elected to parliament five times and holds a seat in the state of Bihar.She is the daughter of the late Babu Jagjivan Ram, a prominent Dalit leader and former deputy prime minister of India.The Indian president’s position is largely ceremonial, but presidents do play decisive roles in in determining who forms the government when national elections do not produce clear results.

Source: Voting under way to elect new India president – BBC News


* Leader-in-waiting makes four-point proposal on US visit

Abbreviated from Xinhua: “Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping here on Monday called on the U.S. side not to let its presidential elections negatively affect the development of Sino-U.S. ties, during a meeting with several former senior U.S. officials.

Xi made a four-point proposal on how to enhance the Sino-U.S. relationship.

Firstly, he said, the two sides should regard history as a mirror.

Secondly, he said both sides should adopt a long-term perspective.

Thirdly, he said, the two sides should respect each other and build mutual trust.

Fourthly, the two sides should achieve mutual benefits and win-win results, he said.

“We should deal with friction and differences in bilateral economic and trade cooperation in the spirit of seeking mutual benefits and win-win results through a positive and constructive way,” Xi said.”

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