July 25 - Newly elected Pranab Mukherjee takes the oath as India's 13th president in a colourful ceremony in New Delhi. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as India's 13th president in a colourful ceremony in the historic central hall of parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday (July 25). Outgoing President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Mukherjee were escorted by horse-mounted guards in a stately procession from the presidential palace to parliament house. Mukherjee chose to wear traditional black long coat (Achkan) and white trousers (Churidar) as he swore to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and law. "I Pranab Mukherjee do swear in the name of god that I will faithfully execute the office of president of India and that I will devote myself to the service and well being of the people of India," said Mukherjee during his swearing-in. Mukherjee was honoured with a ceremonial 21-gun salute after which he signed the oath documents. Earlier, Mukherjee visited memorial of iconic freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi before taking oath for the country's highest constitutional post. Mukherjee was announced winner of the presidential election on Sunday (July 22) for a post seen as largely ceremonial. However, political commentators believe that the 76-year-old former finance minister could play a more active role, given predictions that the next general election could return a hung parliament with no clear winner.