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India takes over G-20 chair as world seeks Ukraine breakthrough

Analysts say Delhi could lead cease-fire push, amplify emerging nations' voices

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's new Group of 20 logo. Modi has vowed that New Delhi's leadership will be "inclusive, ambitious, decisive and action-oriented." (Source photos from Reuters and G-20 website)

NEW DELHI -- India on Thursday formally took over the Group of 20 presidency from Indonesia, gliding into the global spotlight amid a host of major challenges, from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its inflationary ripple effects to climate change and the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

After India won praise for helping to orchestrate a symbolic joint statement at the group's November summit in Bali -- something many thought would be impossible due to deep divisions over the war -- analysts see the presidency as a unique opportunity for the country to make its mark on the international stage, and even push for a Ukraine cease-fire.

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