The leader of India's main opposition Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, has retired from her post.
The party has confirmed today her son, Rahul Gandhi, has been elected unopposed as the new president and will officially take charge on Saturday.
Sonia Gandhi, 71, has been the party president since 1998.
Gandhi entered politics in 1994 , three years after after her husband, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated.
Her power derived from being the head of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has led the Congress party and has ruled India for most of the years since it became an independent nation in 1947.