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Sonia Gandhi to be interim Congress president

File photo of Sonia Gandhi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 10, 2019, 10.59 PM (IST)

Congress leader Harish Rawat said on Saturday that Sonia Gandhi is the new interim president of the Congress party.

He made the announcement after a meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

Earlier, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that Sonia Gandhi is the "new Congress President".

Congress party general secretary K C Venugopal said that the party unanimously elected Sonia Gandhi.

Venugopal said that Congress Working Committee (CWC) has unanimously resolved to request Sonia Gandhi to take over as the Interim president, pending the election of a regular president by the AICC.

Venugopal also said that CWC unanimously resolved that Rahul Gandhi should continue as Congress president and requested him to accept this decision, however, he declined to withdraw his resignation.

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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, P Chidambaram and several others were present.