Kohima: T.R. Zeliang was today appointed the new chief minister of Nagaland by the governor and asked to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before July 22.
Zeliang was appointed shortly after embattled former chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his supporters failed to turn up in the assembly to face the floor test following which the House was adjourned sine die.
Zeliang will be sworn in as the new chief minister at 3 pm today, sources at Raj Bhavan said.
The governor had yesterday directed Speaker Imtiwapang Aier to summon an emergency special session of the assembly at 9:30 am for Liezietsu, who is facing rebellion from MLAs within his party, the Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), to seek a confidence vote.
Zeliang, leader of the rebel NPF MLAs, was present in the House along with his followers.
The motion to prove the majority of Liezietsu could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, the speaker said.