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Indian Kashmir gets first woman chief minister

  • New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, right, shakes hands with Jammu and Kashmir Gov. N.N. Vohra after she took the oath of office during a ceremony administered by Vohra in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, right, shakes hands with Jammu and Kashmir Gov. N.N. Vohra after she took the oath of office during a ceremony administered by Vohra in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, center, takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, center, takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti walks to meet invitees after taking the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    New Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti walks to meet invitees after taking the oath of office during a ceremony in Jammu, India, Monday, April 4, 2016. Mufti, the leader of a pro-India party, on Monday became the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader. Mufti took the oath on Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

The new leader of a pro-India party has become the first woman to become the chief minister of Indian Kashmir following the death of her father, the region's top elected leader.

Mehbooba Mufti took the oath of Monday after her Peoples' Democratic Party and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ended a nearly three-month deadlock over forming the state government.

The chief minister's post had fallen vacant after Mufti's father and PDP founder Mufti Mohammed Sayeed died in January.

Since then, Mufti was reluctant to continue her party's coalition with the Hindu nationalist BJP without an assurance from its leaders that they would take "confidence building" steps to improve the restive Himalayan region. Details of her agreement with the BJP remain unclear.