NEW DELHI, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as the 15th president of India on Monday.
Murmu has thus become the first tribal woman to be elected to the country's top constitutional post.
She was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana inside the central hall of the parliament. The ceremony was followed by a 21-gun salute. Then she delivered an address.
Murmu was accorded a guard of honor at the Presidential house in New Delhi, locally called Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Rajya Sabha (upper house of parliament) M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) Speaker Om Birla, federal ministers, heads of various diplomatic missions, lawmakers, civil and military officers of the government, besides others.
In her speech after taking the oath, Murmu said her election is proof that the poor in India can dream and make them come true, adding that she will focus on the welfare of the marginalized.
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