The Straits Times
Published on Oct 28, 2012

Khurshid is India's foreign minister, no berth for Rahul Gandhi


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed Salman Khurshid as his new foreign minister as he brought seven new faces into cabinet today in the biggest reshuffle since his 2009 re-election.

Mr Khurshid, 59, replaces Mr S.M. Krishna as the top diplomat and his post as his law minister goes to Ashwani Kumar, a spokesman in the prime minister's office told AFP.

Six other cabinet ministers and 15 junior ministers were also sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in the colonial-era president's palace in central New Delhi today. Ashwani Kumar, Harish Rawat and Ajay Maken are among those elevated to cabinet rank. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of three Indian prime ministers who is expected to take on a more senior party role, was not among those drafted into Dr Singh's team of ministers.

Shashi Tharoor, who quit as junior minister in April 2010 amid allegations that he influenced the award of a cricket franchise to his benefit was re-inducted today.