India's president dissolved Parliament Wednesday to clear the way for May elections, just 18 months and two short-lived governments after the country's last nationwide vote.

The action ended a week of uncertainty following the resignation of Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar's minority government.President Ramaswamy Venkataraman said a new Parliament should be constituted by June 5, indicating elections would be held in late May, three years ahead of schedule.

Convened in December 1989, the ninth Parliament was the briefest in India's history.

A veteran politician but a novice in the top circles of government, Chandra Shekhar lasted three months as head of a minority government in the world's largest democracy.