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Manmohan Singh as a New Indian PM

24 May, 2004

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Manmohan Singh, India's first Sikh prime minister, says he wants to push the peace process with Pakistan and friction should be "a thing of the past".

The 71-year-old Singh, who as finance minister unleashed the country's seminal economic reforms in 1991.The new leader pledged to continue economic reforms with what he described as a human face.

A visibly relaxed Sonia Gandhi, who had to face tremendous opposition from her party over her unexpected refusal to take up the prime minister's post, added: "I think our country will be safe in Manmohan Singh's hands and i will continue as Congress president."

1- Why do you think Mrs. Sonia Gandhi refused to become the PM Of India?

2- Do you think as a (Minority) Sikh PM, He would be in stronger position to take bold decisions for the continuation of peace process between India and P Pakistan ?

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