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Lal Thanhawla to be sworn-in as Mizoram Chief Minister today

The Congress government led by incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla will re-assume office for the second successive term on Saturday.



Aizawl: The Congress government led by incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla will re-assume office for the second successive term on Saturday.

Mizoram Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Thanhawla and his Cabinet colleagues today at 11 am at Raj Bhavan.

Newly-elected Congress party legislators had on Wednesday met here and formally elected 71-year-old Thanhawla as the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

Subsequently, Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman had invited Thanhawla to form the government after the Congress staked the claim to form the next government.

This is the sixth time, including two consecutive terms, that the Congress has come to power in the mountainous state, which shares borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In the November 25 Mizoram Assembly Elections, results of which were declared on Monday, the ruling Congress swept 33 of the 40 seats (one seat more than in the outgoing house), leaving five seats to the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) and one for the Mizoram People`s Conference (MPC).

The result of Lawngtlai East constituency was withheld because of defective electronic voting machines at one polling station.

The tally of the Congress, which swept back to power in Mizoram with a landslide win, in the 40-member Assembly is 34 - two more than in the 2008 Assembly polls.

Thanhawla, who will assume the Chief Minister`s office for a fifth term, won from two Assembly seats -- Serchhip and Hrangturzo (both in central Mizoram) -- defeating his MNF and MPC rivals respectively.

Thanhawla, also the state Congress chief who established the party`s base in the Christian-dominated and tribal majority northeastern state in the `70s, has been elected to the Assembly for a record ninth time since 1978.

Thanhawla, a former journalist, first became chief minister in 1984.

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