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Mizoram: State Congress reaffirms support for appointment of Lalsawta as State President

Lalsawta, the current Mizoram state Congress vice president and former finance minister, will succeed Lal Thanhawla as the party’s new leader, according to a party leader.

The meeting of elected office-bearers chaired by sitting president Lal Thanhawla on Monday reaffirmed the decision made in October and unanimously agreed to appoint Lalsawta as the party’s new president, according to Congress secretary in charge of general administration department Lalthanglawra Ngurte.

Lalsawta will succeed Lal Thanhawla, the state Congress’s president since 1973 and a five-time former chief minister.

According to Ngurte, the meeting also unanimously approved former health minister Lal Thanzara, brother of Lal Thanhawla, to succeed Lalsawta as party vice president.

Zodintluanga, the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), will be re-appointed as the party’s treasurer, he said.

According to the Congress leader, Lal Thanhawla will officially announce the appointments of new leaders on December 17 at a function.

On March 8, this year, three-time MLA Lalsawta took over as the party’s vice president, succeeding incumbent vice president H. Liansailova, who resigned in November last year citing personal commitments to church ministry.

Lalsawta had run for the state Assembly three times, winning in 1993, 2008, and 2013.

The 75-year-old Congress leader served in Lal Thanhawla’s cabinet from 2008 to 2013, including as finance minister from 2013 to 2018.

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