21 May 2009

Congress Party invited to form next govt of India

5:44 am on 21 May 2009

Indian President Pratibha Patil has formally invited the Congress Party and its allies to form the next government.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Congress has now secured the support of 322 MPs - 60% of the new parliament.

Election results were announced on Saturday and the president is expected to swear in the new government by Friday.