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Friday, 20 July 2012 - 8:34
Indian MPs vote for president, Mukherjee set to win
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Indian national and state lawmakers voted yesterday for a new president, with former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly ceremonial post.

Mukherjee, the candidate of the ruling Congress-led alliance, is a respected conciliator, and as head of state he may play a role in who governs India after the general election due in 2014.

The president oversees the formation of a new government when no party wins a clear majority, and most observers predict a close result at the next polls given the poor economic outlook and the Congress administration's struggles.

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