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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would withdraw controversial farm laws that sparked year-long protests from tens of thousands of farmers who said the laws would break their livelihoods.

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government will withdraw controversial farm laws that sparked year-long protests from tens of thousands of farmers who said the laws would break their livelihoods.

Modi made the surprise announcement during a televised speech Friday that was broadcast live.

The laws were passed in September last year and the government defended them, saying they were needed to modernize India’s agricultural sector and would boost production through private investment. But farmers protested, saying the laws would devastate their incomes by ending guaranteed prices and force them to sell their crops to companies at lower prices.

The protests posed one of the biggest political challenges for Modi, who swept the polls for the second time in 2019.

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