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MNF government in Mizoram to be sworn-in today

The Zoramthanga-led ministry retained power in the state after winning a simple majority in the Nov 20 assembly polls.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 10:29 IST
Syed Zarir Hussain (Indo-Asian News Service)
Syed Zarir Hussain (Indo-Asian News Service)

A new Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by former separatist leader Zoramthanga will be sworn in Thursday for the second successive term.

Governor AR Kohli will administer the oath of office at 11 a.m. to the new council of ministers in the state capital Aizawl.

The MNF secured a simple majority winning 21 seats in the 40-member assembly for which elections were held on November 20.

The main opposition Congress party won 12 seats, with smaller regional groups securing six.

The Election Commission is yet to take a decision on when counting would begin in Suangpuilawn constituency in east Mizoram where no voters turned out for the elections in one polling booth.

Three candidates in the constituency were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on the poll eve and were released on the polling day sparking off protests that led to the election boycott.

"My government will neither be too big nor too small," Zoramthanga said on telephone Thursday. "We are open to taking the support of any regional party."

First Published: Dec 04, 2003 09:55 IST