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India low-caste leader elected president in boost for Modi coalition

Constitution provides largely ceremonial role for president, but Kovind, 71, will have a key role during political crises

Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste politician backed by the ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition, easily won India’s presidential election on Thursday, tightening the government’s hold on positions of power.

India’s constitution provides a largely ceremonial role for the president, with the prime minister and his cabinet holding executive power.

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