(born 1950) is an Indian
politician who is currently the Chief Minister
of the state of Nagaland
. He was Chief Minister from March 6, 2003 to January 3, 2008, and has been Chief Minister again since March 12, 2008.
Rio is the son of Guolhoulie Rio of Tuophema village in Kohima District. He received his early education from Baptist English School, Kohima and Sainik School Purulia.
Rio is a member of the Nagaland People's Front
which joined other Naga regionalist parties and the state branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) under his leadership to form the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
, a coalition which won the 2003 state elections, bringing the 10-year-long rule of the Indian National Congress
in the state to the end. As a member of the Indian National Congress, Rio was Nagaland's Home Minister as part of the cabinet headed by S. C. Jamir
. Rio subsequently took office as Chief Minister on March 6, 2003.
Rio was dismissed as Chief Minister when President's Rule
was imposed on Nagaland on January 3, 2008., The Hindu
, January 6, 2008. His party emerged as the single largest party in the ensuing elections and Rio, as the leader of DAN, was invited by the state Governor to form the government on March 12, 2008.