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India Prime Minister plans to step down

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NEW DELHI — India’s prime minister announced today he would step aside after 10 years following this summer’s general election, saying Rahul Gandhi should replace him if the ruling Congress Party manages to stay in power.

In only his third news conference in a decade, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Gandhi — the 43-year-old heir to India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty — has the best credentials to become the next head of the Congress Party and prime minister of the world’s biggest democracy.

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