Pranab takes charge as India's 13th President

Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday became the 13th President of India, capping a five-decade career that saw him play significant roles in government, Parliament and party.

Mukherjee, 76, was administered the oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution and law" by Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia at an impressive ceremony in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.

Just after he took oath, he was offered a 21-gun salute marking the assumption of office of the highest Constitutional post in the country.

In pic: Pranab Mukherjee pays respect at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi

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