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  1. US congratulates President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, says look forward working with him

US congratulates President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, says look forward working with him

The United States has congratulated president-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said that it looks forward to working with him on regional and global issues

By: | Washington | Published: July 21, 2017 7:07 AM
ram nath kovind, President elect, US, Indian president, presidential election, meira kumar, president of india, 14th president of india Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was yesterday elected as India’s 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country’s highest office. (PTI)

The United States has congratulated president-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said that it looks forward to working with him on regional and global issues. Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was yesterday elected as India’s 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country’s highest office. “We want to congratulate the President-elect Ramnath Kovind on his victory,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

Noting that the US and India have a “deep and growing strategic partnership”, she said: “We look forward to working with the president-elect on regional and global issues.”  Nauert credited the close people-to-people contact between the world’s two largest democracies with the type of partnership they share. “That partnership is obviously underpinned by our very close people-to-people contact with the Indian government and our shared democratic values,” Nauert said in response to a question.

A former Bihar governor, Kovind, 71, received 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, to defeat the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, who got 1844 votes with a value of 3,67,314. Kovind garnered 65.65 per cent of the votes in the electoral college against the BJP’s projected 70 per cent vote for him.

 

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