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Chamling takes oath as Sikkim Chief Minister

Gangtok, Wed, 20 May 2009 ANI

Gangtok, May 20 (ANI): A twelve- member new Sikkim Cabinet takes oath of office here today.


Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Pawan Kumar Chamling and his Cabinet colleagues at Raj Bhavan.


Earlier, Chamling submitted resignation of his council of ministers to Singh on Tuesday and staked claim to form the next government.


Singh had invited Chamling to form the next government on the basis of the majority being enjoyed by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF).


On Monday, party's all 32 MLAs met at Chamling's official residence, Mintokgang, and unanimously elected the 59 year-old Chamling the SDF Legislative Party leader.


First time MLA Neeru Sewa from West Pendam (SC) seat proposed a resolution for the election of the SDF President as the legislature party leader. Another MLA, C B Karki seconded it. All the other legislators supported it.


This is Chamling's fourth successive term as Chief Minister of the state. (ANI)


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