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Indian Kashmir Swears In First Woman Leader

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New Indian Kashmir Chief Administrator Mehbooba Mufti (C) takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, April 4, 2016.

New Indian Kashmir Chief Administrator Mehbooba Mufti (C) takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, April 4, 2016.

The leader of a pro-India party has become the first woman to serve as chief administrator of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehbooba Mufti was sworn-in Monday, just three months after her father, Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former chief administrator Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in office.

After Sayeed's death, the chief administrator position remained vacant as Mufti was reluctant to continue the coalition between the PDP, which is widely supported by the region's Muslim population, and the Hindu nationalist BJP party.

But Mufti reached an agreement following a meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month. Details of the meeting have not been released.

Kashmir has been claimed by both India and Pakistan since 1947. The two countries have fought two wars over control of the Himalayan territory.

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