After Trump cancels, top African leader shortlisted for R-Day chief guest

  New Delhi, Nov 10: India may have finalised its chief guest for the next Republic Day, two people familiar with the matter independently said, and it is most likely someone from Africa, perhaps South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The announcement will probably be made shortly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, and perhaps on Twitter, one of the people added, asking not to be identified.There was a shortlist of four India was working on and that US President Donald Trump had never been on it, although verbal, informal invites were extended to him. The White House confirmed recently that US President Trump would not be making the trip to India for the January 26 Republic Day parade on account of other commitments.The chief guest will be a leader of global stature and from an important partner country, a report in the Hindustan Times quoting a source said.