Fledgling party to form government in Delhi

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 5:32 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 5:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new political party pledging to sweep corruption from Indian politics has announced it will form a government in the capital city.

Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi party, or Common Man's Party, will be the new chief minister of Delhi.

Kejriwal announced Monday that the Congress party will give his minority government support from the outside.

The incumbent Congress party lost many seats in recent elections in Delhi and three major states. Voters were seeking to punish the party for widespread corruption.

The Aam Aadmi party won 28 of Delhi's 70 assembly seats, short of a majority. It initially said it would not form a minority government.

Kejriwal said the party decided to do so after an overwhelming response in a referendum asking people whether they should take office.

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