Aizwal: Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga took oath as the chief minister of Mizoram, amid Christian rituals, at the Raj Bhavan at 12 noon on Saturday. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan. The MNF president took the oath in Mizo language.

Zoramthanga was formally invited by Governor on Wednesday to form the next government after receiving the signed notification of the result from Election Commission officials. The Governor also dissolved the seventh state legislative assembly during the day to pave the way for the constitution of the eighth assembly.

The 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician Zoramthanga has been chief minister of Mizoram twice. He was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga.

The MNF returned to power in Mizoram by bagging 26 seats of the 40-member state legislature after a decade which saw the crumbling of the last Congress bastion in the north east. This followed the newly-formed unregistered Zoram Peoples Movement securing eight seats, which is three more than the outgoing Congress. The BJP opened its account for the first time in the state by bagging a seat while the Congress managed to win five seats in the assembly polls held on November 28.