Rahul Gandhi has been named the next president of the Congress. He will take over from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who has been the longest-serving party president so far, after having taken charge in 1998. Rahul Gandhi’s elevation comes after months of speculation about him soon leading the party. He serves as the Vice-President of the Indian National Congress party, the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India. He is the second-highest-ranked member of the Congress Working Committee. He also serves as Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. Gandhi formerly served as a general secretary in the All India Congress Committee.