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Modi Sworn In for Second Term as Indian Prime Minister

NEW DELHI Ė Narendra Modi has been sworn in on Thursday for a second term as the prime minister of India.

The ceremony took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of president Ram Nath Kovind, and was attended by the head of state and various high-ranking officials and representatives of foreign governments.

More than 50 lawmakers who will form the next cabinet were also sworn in alongside Modi.

Among the new team of ministers, whose portfolios have not yet been assigned, was president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and close ally of Modi, Amit Shah, and the former foreign secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The absence of the current foreign secretary, Sushma Swaraj, among those taking an oath of office, even though she was present at the ceremony, suggests that the countryís top diplomat has been left out of Modiís second term.

The BJP thus appears to have formed a new government after securing 303 seats of a total of 542 in the elections.

The triumph of Modiís nationalist BJP left the opposition Indian National Congress party with just 52 seats.

With its allies, the conservative formation has about 350 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, and enough room to maneuver.

Modi, 68, comes to power for a second time amid a period of sustained economic growth for the Asian nation.

 

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