Imphal: Former Congress leader and author Syed Ahmed on Saturday took charge as the 16th governor of Manipur.

Manipur High Court Chief Justice Laxmikanta Mohapatra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Ahmed at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

Manipur’s gubernatorial post was earlier being held as an additional charge by Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Deputy Speaker M. K. Preshow, ministers and leaders of various political parties and officials of the army and police were present during the ceremony.

President Pranab Mukherjee had on Tuesday transferred 70-year-old Ahmed from Jharkhand to Manipur for the remainder of his term, which lasts till 2016.

He was appointed the eighth governor of Jharkhand by the then Congress-led government in September 2011.