Pranab Mukherjee sworn in as 13th President of India

Pranab Mukherjee today became the 13th President of India capping a five-decade career that saw him play significant roles in government, Parliament and party.

76-year-old Mukherjee was administered the oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution and law” by Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia at an impressive ceremony in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.

The veteran leader took the oath in English in the name of God to a thunderous applause and thumping of desks by those in the packed Central Hall that included Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker Meira Kumar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and outgoing President Pratibha Patil.

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