Kohima: T R Zeliang of the Naga People's Front was today appointed as the new chief minister of Nagaland following the resignation of Neiphiu Rio from the post.
Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar appointed Zeliang as the new CM and would administer the oath of office and secrecy to him and the new Council of Ministers tomorrow.
Zeliang had staked claim to form the new government consequent upon the resignation of Rio, who won the lone Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland on an NPF ticket with a margin of over 4 lakh votes.
The Governor appointed Zeliang to be the next chief minister by virtue of powers vested in him by Clause (1) of Article 164 of the Constitution, a Raj Bhavan release said.
Kumar, while seeking Zeliang's advice on the constitution of the new Council of Ministers, will administer the oath of office and secrecy tomorrow at 9:45 AM.
Zeliang had been in charge of the Minister for Planning and Coordination and other departments in the Rio government.
Zeliang, accompanied by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kuzholuzo Nienu, Naga People's Front (NPF) President Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and Secretary General KG Kenye, staked his claim to form the government soon after Rio resigned this morning.