Jagdish Shettar to be chief minister in India's Karnataka
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has elected Jagdish Shettar to be new chief minister in the southern state of Karnataka.
Mr Shettar replaces Sadananda Gowda and will be the state's third chief minister in four years.
Supporters of the former chief minister stayed away from the vote in protest.
Karnataka is the only state in the south where the BJP is in power, but its rule has been marred by scandals, wrangles and factional feuds.
Mr Shettar will be sworn in on Thursday.
The election of Jagdish Shettar, who is a senior state minister of the BJP, was a formality after the decision was taken to replace the incumbent Sadananda Gowda, whose ousting was demanded by the faction led by another former chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa.
But Mr Gowda's exit has led to angry protests by his caste group, the Vokkaligas, who are rivals to the Lingayat community of Mr Shettar and Mr Yeddyurappa.
"The high command should not have changed Gowda. He has provided a clean government unlike the previous Yeddyurappa ministry," said state legislator Shankarlinge Gowda, who supports Sadananda Gowda.
But it was the Lingayat vote, which makes up nearly 18% of the state's electorate, that played a key role in the party's win in the last state assembly elections under Mr Yeddyurappa's leadership.
The BJP asked Mr Yeddyurappa to resign as chief minister last year after an anti-corruption report indicted him in a $3bn mining scandal. He denies wrongdoing.