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Manipur Congress president Okram Ibobi Singh was on Wednesday unanimously elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party, AICC observer Pranab Mukherjee said in Imphal.
Singh's name was proposed by senior Congress leader Thoudam Devendra Singh and seconded by former state party chief Phungzathang Tonsing.
Mukherjee said Ibobi Singh was elected during a meeting of the newly-elected Congress members on Wednesday morning, which was attended by senior Congress leader and former chief minister Rishang Keishing.
Congress sources said though Devendra Singh and Tonsing had decided to contest for the post of CLP leader, they later withdrew from the race.
With the election of Ibobi Singh as new CLP leader, the Congress-led four-party Secular Progressive Front, with 33 MLAs in the 60-member assembly, is now set to form a government in the state, sources said.
Sources said the leadership of Ibobi Singh would be endorsed by other constituents of the front in a day or two.
Singh, who is set to be sworn in the 25th chief minister of the state, would also submit a list of members to Governor Ved Marwah to be sworn-in along with him, sources added.