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Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Sonia Gandhi has declined post of Prime Minister

The Congress Party leader, foreign-born Sonia Gandhi, has today announced she declines to take on the post of Prime Minister:

"The post of prime minister has not been my aim," she told members of her Congress party in India's parliament. "I was always certain that, if ever I found myself in the position I am in today, I would follow my inner voice. I humbly decline the post."

Fears for her safety, after it has become plain there is severe opposition from some Hindu nationalists to the idea of a foreign-born person becoming Prime Minister, are thought to be at least partially responsible for her decision. However regrettable this may be, it does appear to have stabilised the Indian stock markets - these have now bounced back from their severe drop yesterday. Such is politics.

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