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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ruled out serving a third term in office.
Singh, who is 81 years old, has been the prime minister of India since 2004. He represents India’s governing Congress Party.
According to The New York Times, Singh said, “In a few months’ time, after the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new prime minister. I hope it will be a U.P.A.-chosen prime minister, and our party will work to that end in the campaign for the general elections.”
In terms of who will take his position, Singh expressed his support for Rahul Gandhi, the vice-president of the Congress Party. Singh cited Gandhi’s outstanding credentials as a main reason for his support.
Singh’s coalition government has faced some difficult charges in recent years. Corruption scandals have challenged his administration. The corruption charges include fraud in sports, real estate and the coal industry. According to CNN, Singh sought to downplay allegations, and spoke to his administration’s objective of combating corrupt practices. He says he took every measure to make his administration transparent and accountable.
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