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(20 Jul 2017) A Hindu nationalist leader backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been chosen India's new president for what is a largely ceremonial position.Ram Nath Kovind was elected by the Indian Parliament and state legislatures in voting held Monday, with the results announced Thursday.Kovind is a former governor of the eastern state of Bihar and a longtime associate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteer Corps, a Hindu group that has been accused of stoking religious hatred against Muslims.The group is the ideological parent of Prime Minister Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.The president's role is mainly ceremonial. He is bound by the advice of the Cabinet led by the prime minister, who is the chief executive.He will replace Pranab Mukherjee, a former senior member of the Congress party, on July 25.He received 65.5 percent of votes against his opponent, Meira Kumar of the Congress party.Both Kovind and Kumar belong to the Dalit community, which is at the lowest end of the complex caste hierarchy in Hinduism.You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you... Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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