Has started Modi's fall

Prime Minister Modi sworn in

Narendra Modi's second five-year term as Prime Minister of India has begun. The Hindu nationalist, who has ruled since 2014, took the oath of office on Thursday in front of the official residence of President Ram Nath Kovind in the capital New Delhi.

The members of his new cabinet were then sworn in. This included, for the first time, Amit Shah, the previous head of Modi's BJP party. At first it was unclear who would take over which ministry. Thousands of invited guests - including some heads of state and government, especially from the region - watched the ceremony.

The Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party - Party of the Indian People) had surprisingly clearly won the almost six-week parliamentary election. After elections were held in seven phases from April 11th to May 19th, all around 600 million votes cast were counted on May 23rd.

Modi's party got 303 of the 545 seats in the lower house of parliament. It did much better than in the previous parliamentary election in 2014. At that time, with 282 seats, it was the first party in 30 years to achieve an absolute majority.

The party alliance NDA (National Democratic Alliance) around the BJP, which had a total of 358 seats, nominated Modi unanimously as parliamentary group leader a little later. Kovind then reappointed the 68-year-old head of government of the most populous democracy in the world with around 1.3 billion inhabitants.

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