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POSTED | 10:00 AM | 18-05-2014

Indian PM leaves office after poll defeat

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left office on Saturday after his party suffered a crushing election defeat, ending a 10-year run that began with strong economic growth but collapsed amid corruption scandals and political paralysis.

In a brief address, Singh said all Indians must respect the verdict of voters who drove his Indian National Congress Party out of power and handed a landslide victory to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in parliamentary election results announced on Friday.

Singh, 81, turned in his resignation to India’s president, the head of state, a formality that paves the way for the BJP’s leader, Narendra Modi, to be named prime minister and appoint his Cabinet.

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