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MNF Govt takes oath in Mizoram


AIZAWL, Dec 15 - Zoramthanga-led Mizo National Front (MNF) Government took oath in Mizoram today, following the State�s largest regional party�s thumping victory in the November 28 elections to the 40-seat State Assembly.

He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rajasekharan during a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here.

This was the third time the 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician was sworn in as the Chief Minister. He had been the CM for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2008.

After ten years in the opposition, Zoramthanga led his party back to power reducing the Congress from 34 seats to five, riding on a strong wave of anti-incumbency.

Along with Zoramthanga, five others, Tawnluia, Dr R Lalthangliana, Lalchamliana, R Lalzirliana and C Lalrinsanga were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers. Tawnluia, a former Home Minister in the previous MNF Government and senior vice-president of the party, took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.

Two first timers, T J Lalnuntluanga, 39-year-old advocate-turned-politician, who defeated Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in Champhai South, and I-League champion Aizawl Football Club owner Robert Romawia Royte, were among the six Ministers of State who also took oath today.

The Cabinet members sworn in today included R Lalzirliana, Home Minister in the previous Congress Government, who joined the MNF few months before the elections. He became the only politician in Mizoram who is a Cabinet member for three consecutive terms.

Today�s swearing ceremony at the Raj Bhavan lawn was marked by Christian rituals, the first time in the predominantly Christian State. The oath of office and secrecy was taken in Mizo language which was also the first time in Mizoram.

Among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony were outgoing Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Assam Minister Keshab Mahanta, and former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

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