India’s finance minister has been named PM by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the third time, with his cabinet reshuffle following an electoral contest that saw him lose his mandate in April.
The new PM, whose mandate was extended by the Supreme Court, will be the second Indian prime minister to be named after being sworn in on May 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Singh Pichai is in the midst of a second stint as the country’s top economic regulator, overseeing a slew of policy initiatives aimed at easing concerns about the countrys economic slowdown.
His cabinet reshuffled on Wednesday will see him replace the incumbent, P Chidambaram, who resigned on Wednesday to join the cabinet of India’s ruling Congress party.
Singh will also take over the reins of the countrywide health care system.
The government’s efforts to tackle the countryss challenges from the Zika virus, an epidemic that has killed more than 2,800 people in India, and rising prices and shortages of essential medicines have also come under the spotlight.
India’s healthcare system, which has been struggling for years to meet the demands of its population, has seen its costs skyrocket due to the country s rapid economic expansion.