Jailed leader’s ally assumes power in southern India state

Wearing a crisp white shirt, Edappadi Palanisamy took the oath of office along with 31 cabinet colleagues in the state capital Chennai at a ceremony beamed live nationwide.

Palanisamy took the reins of the ruling party after Sasikala was spectacularly hauled off to prison for graft just as she was on the verge of becoming chief minister of the southern state.

She had already been nominated for the top job before she was convicted Tuesday of amassing illegal assets worth $10 million, barring her from holding office for a decade.

Palanisamy, 63, was cleared for the top job after receiving Sasikala’s blessing and a majority vote from the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party.

Palanisamy must now prove his majority on the floor of the house within the next 15 days to cement his new position, Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao’s office said in a statement.

The AIADMK said on Twitter that the “vote of confidence” would take place on Saturday.

Source: Angola Press News Agency