NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday named Rahul Gandhi its new president. "I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as the president of the Indian National Congress," senior party leader Mullappally Ramachandran said at a press conference in New Delhi. While making the announcement, Ramachandran, who is also the All India Congress Commitee's returning officer for the election, added that all 89 nominations proposals were found to be valid, and Rahul had been elevated to the top post since he was the only candidate in the fray. The 47-year-old leader will take over the reins of the party from his mother and current president, Sonia Gandhi, on December 16. Sonia has held the position for 19 years.