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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 June 2007, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Woman named for Indian presidency
The governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Pratibha Patil, has been named as a presidential candidate by India's Congress-led ruling coalition.

She could become the first woman to occupy the mostly ceremonial position.

Mrs Patil emerged as a surprise, last-minute candidate after the left parties persisted with their opposition to the Congress party's first choice.

Mrs Patil, 72, is a former deputy speaker of the upper house of India's parliament, the Rajya Sabha.

She has been governor of Rajasthan for nearly three years.




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