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Indians celebrate end of Hazare's anti-corruption fast

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Indians celebrate end of Hazare's anti-corruption fast


With a cup of coconut water and honey, Indian anti-corruption reformer Anna Hazare ended a 13-day hunger strike that has shaken the country’s establishment.

Parliament has ended up by backing legislation that meets many of his demands.

An independent ombudsman is to be created with wide-ranging powers to investigate politicians, the judiciary and bureaucrats.

The campaigner, whose health has seriously deteriorated as he lost seven kilos in weight, told a crowd of cheering supporters that it was a proud moment for India.

Hazare has tapped into a wave of middle-class anger against everyday corruption.

It is thought the new movement that has emerged may usher in a new force in Indian politics that could damage the ruling Congress Party in state elections next year.

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