Appointments

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai: He will take-over as the President of Afghanistan, following a deal signed with other Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Voreqe Bainimarama: Coup leader who had seized power in a bloodless coup in December 2006, he has been elected as the Prime Minister of Fiji following the first democratic election in eight years.

Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu: He has been appointed as the Chief Justice of India.

Lalita Kumaramangalam: She has been appointed as Chairperson of National Commission for Women.

O. Panneerselvam: He has taken over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu following disqualification of Ms J. Jayalalitha after being found guilty in a disproportionate assets case.

Richard Rahul Verma: He has been appointed as US Ambassador to India, making him the first Indian-American in that position.  At one point of time, he was one of the highest ranked Indian Americans in the US Congress, serving as National Security and Foreign Policy Adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who he also advised on the India-US Civilian Nuclear Energy deal, and ultimately convinced to back.

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