In India, Draupadi Murmu, from a marginalized tribal community, was elected

It enjoyed the support of the ruling party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A woman from a marginalized clan community was elected Thursday, July 21, as India’s president, after a vote in Parliament.

Draupadi Mormo, who belongs to the Santal tribe, won the support of more than half of the parliament, according to partial results published by the Election Commission. At the age of 64, she became the first chief of a tribe and the second chief of India.

MI Mormo, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha, has been nominated by Modi’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as the largely ceremonial candidate for office.

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Mr Modi, in a tweet, paid tribute to Mr.I Mormo, pointing out “His exemplary success motivated every Indian”. “It has emerged as a beacon of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, the marginalized and the downtrodden.”he added.

The main opponent of MI Mormo also congratulated Yashwant Sinha, a former BJP member and former finance and foreign minister backed by opposition parties, the new president. India hopes to move As guardian of the constitution without fear or favour.he wrote.

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MI Murmo will be India’s second female president after Pratibha Patil. who held this position for five years from 2007. She succeeded Ram Nath Kovind, the country’s second chief from the Dalit community, at the lowest rank in the caste system, also called untouchables.

Born in Mayorbang District, Odisha, she started her career as a teacher before taking a political position. She held ministerial positions in the government of this state, before taking the position of Governor of the neighboring state of Jharkhand. “As a woman from a tribal community in a remote area of ​​Mayorbang, I did not expect to be the candidate for this position”she told the press after being nominated by the BJP.

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The role in the process of forming governments

elect m.I Murmu was taken for granted due to the dominance of the BJP and its allies in Parliament and State Councils. Since this position is mainly ceremonial, his election should not lead to significant changes for the tribal communities, which for a long time remained on the fringes of society.

“We have been fighting for tribal rights since the 1990s”Activist Diamani Parla told AFP. “She can’t do anything unless she’s allowed to use her pen.”she added.

The Prime Minister of India holds executive power, but the president can return some bills from Parliament for reconsideration. The president also plays a role in the process of forming governments.

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