Kohima, Feb 20 (PTI) Shurhozelie Liezitsu, who has been selected as the consensus candidate to be the next Chief Minister of Nagaland, has a political career spanning over four decades since he was first elected to the state assembly in 1969.Also Read - Assam Ends Border Dispute With Nagaland Amid Row With Mizoram, Himanta Calls It ‘Historic Move’

81-year-old Liezitsu is also one of the founding members of first regional party in Nagaland. Also Read - This National Parents Day, Here’s a List of Lesser-Known Cultural Destinations to Explore With Your Family

He began his political career as a member of Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1969 from northern Angami-I under Kohima district. Also Read - Nagaland Lockdown: State Government Announces 7-Day 'Unlock 2' from July 11 | Details Here

He has served the office eight times, holding different portfolios, including education and planning.

He was the Minister for Higher education till 2013. He refused to contest the state Assembly elections in 2013, allowing his son Khriehu Liezietsu to contest the polls successfully.

An eminent scholar, Liezitsu is one of the most decorated educationists in the Angami literature (the native language of the Angami tribe).

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