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India's prime minister to hand over after election

Source: Reuters - Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:03 GMT
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NEW DELHI, Jan 3 (Reuters) - India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, will hand over the top job to a new leader after general elections due by May, he said on Friday.

"In a few months' time, after the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new prime minister," Singh said in a rare press conference.

Singh has been India's prime minister for the last decade and has headed a coalition government led by the Congress party. Singh added he hoped his successor would be one chosen by the current coalition.

The Congress faces an uphill struggle for re-election in the upcoming polls due to an economic slowdown and a string of corruption scandals.

(Reporting by Shyamantha Asokan; Editing by Jo Winterbottom)

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