World: India: Droupadi Murmu, first president of tribal origin, invested

India elects tribal candidate Droupadi Murmu as president

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La nouvelle présidente de l'Inde, Droupadi Murmu, à New Delhi, le 22 juillet 2022. © Prakash Singh, AFP The new President of India, Droupadi Murmu, in New Delhi, July 22, 2022.

The first president of tribal origin , Droupadi Murmu, was invested on Monday in India, succeeding Ram Nath Kovind, second president from the Dalit community, formerly called "the untouchables". "His accession to the presidency is a decisive moment for India, in particular for the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed," said the Prime Minister.

Its role is amply protocol and yet its inauguration is highly symbolic. The new president of the India , Droupadi Murmu, was invested in her functions on Monday July 25, becoming the first head of the country of tribal origin of the country.

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Last week, the candidate designated by the Bharatiya Janata (BJP), Hindu nationalist party of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi , was elected to the presidency by the Parliament, with 64% of the votes of the deputies and the assemblies of the States of the States from India.

Droupadi Murmu, member of the Indian tribe Santhal, had collected, shortly before his inauguration, at the Memorial dedicated to the hero of India's independence, Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi.

Born in the district of Mayurbhanj, in the state of Odisha (west), the elected president began her career as a teacher before embarking on politics.

"My journey in life started in a small tribal village," said Droupadi Murmu, 64, after taking oath before the Parliament.

"In the environment I grew up, benefiting from a simple elementary education was akin to a dream for me," she continued, "but despite many obstacles, my determination remained fierce and I became The first girl in my village to enter university. "

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"A decisive moment for India"

Droupadi Murmu is the second president of the country after Pratibha Patil, who had held the post five years for 2007. She succeeds Ram Nath Kovind, second president from the Dalit community , formerly called "untouchables", at the bottom of the Hindu caste system.

The victory of Droupadi Murmu was expected, given the weight of the BJP, his allies in Parliament and in state assemblies, which elect the Indian head of state.

According to analysts, this victory will probably help Narendra Modi to extend its base to tribal communities, with a view to its re -election in 2024.

"His accession to the presidency is a decisive moment for India, in particular for the poor, the Marginalized and the oppressed, "wrote the Prime Minister on Monday on Twitter.

According to Droupadi Murmu, his accession to the head of the country must give reasons to hope for the left behind Indian economic growth.

"It is a great satisfaction for me that those who have been deprived for centuries, who have not benefited from the advantages of development (...) can recognize themselves in me," she added.

The role of the president in India is amply protocol, the Prime Minister and his government exercising executive powers, but the Head of State can refer some parliamentary bills for re -examining and also contribute to the process of training governments.

with AFP

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