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US 'looks forward' to working with President-elect Kovind

The United States has congratulated President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said that it looks forward to working with him on regional and global issues.

Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was yesterday elected as India's 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country's highest office.

"We want to congratulate the President-elect Ramnath Kovind on his victory," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

Noting that the US and India have a "deep and growing strategic partnership", she said: "We look forward to working with the president-elect on regional and global issues."

A former Bihar governor, Kovind, 71, received 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, to defeat the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, who got 1844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

Kovind garnered 65.65 per cent of the votes in the electoral college against the BJP's projected 70 per cent vote for him.

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