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India's Congress Party Picks Singh for Second Term

India's newly elected Congress Party lawmakers have formally selected Manmohan Singh as their leader in parliament for a second term.

In his acceptance speech Tuesday, Mr. Singh promised to work for major economic reforms and lead a more inclusive government.

Mr. Singh submitted the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, a formality that clears the way for the formation of a new government led by him later this week.

The ruling Congress Party-led alliance won 261 seats in the 543-member parliament in the recent elections. The strong showing ensures the party will be free of the pressures of its former communist partners, boosting chances it will be able to push through economic reforms to spur growth.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.