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Obama congratulates India on elections

United States President Barack Obama today congratulated India on its "historic national elections" which drew to a close with the declaration of results that saw the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance staging a spectacular win for a second term in office.

"By successfully completing the largest exercise of popular voting in the world, the elections have strengthened India’s vibrant democracy and upheld the values of freedom and pluralism that make India an example for us all," a White House statement said.

"While the world awaits the formation of a new government in India based on the elections result, the United States recognizes the significance of the election for the people of India, who remain the strength and foundation for India's prosperity and democracy.

"President Obama looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian government to enhance the warm partnership between our two countries," the statement added.

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