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Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn in as Kerala CM for the second time

CPI(M) veteran Pinarayi Vijayan, who led the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to an unprecedented consecutive victory in the April 6 assembly polls, was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala for the second successive term.

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered the oath of office to 76-year-old Vijayan in a low-key function at the Central Stadium here, which was held completely in adherence with the Covid-19 protocol.

He was elected parliamentary party leader on Tuesday.

It is the second stint of the Marxist veteran in the top office.

Opposition Congress-UDF leaders kept away from the function in view of the Covid-19 spread.

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the government to restrict the number of participants in the ceremony in view of the pandemic.

The new Kerala state cabinet will have 21 members including the chief minister. This time, the ruling Left Democratic Front has decided to replace all sitting ministers, including health minister KK Shailaja who has won praise for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic

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