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In Huge Upset, Gandhi's Party Wins Election in India

The opposition Indian National Congress scored a resounding victory in parliamentary elections today, forcing Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his governing coalition to resign. The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the poll results announced today.The party, led by Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, therefore appeared poised to form the country’s next government with the likely support of its electoral allies and the country’s Communist parties. It is not yet certain — although it seems likely — that Mrs. Gandhi herself will stake claim to be prime minister, since even some of the party’s allies have questioned whether a woman of non-Indian origin should lead this nation of more than 1 billion people.Full Story

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