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Gandhi declines leadership of India
Updated: 2004-05-18 23:59

Sonia Gandhi speaks to the media at President House after she met with Indian President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi May 18, 2004. Gandhi said she would "humbly decline" to be the next prime minister of India, a decision that followed Hindu nationalist outrage over the prospect of a foreign-born woman at the helm of the nation. [Reuters]

Manmohan Singh (L) and Pranab Mukherjee, Congress party leaders, address newsmen at Sonia Gandhi's residence after meeting leaders of allied parties in New Delhi May 17, 2004. All bets have now been placed on Singh as the new Congress candidate for prime minister. [Reuters]