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Pakistani lawmaker elects Shebaz Sharif as new prime minister

Pakistani lawmakers elected Shebaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister on Monday, following the weekend expulsion of Imran Khan, who resigned from parliamentary seats with most of the parliamentarians prior to voting.

“Mian Muhammad Shebaz Sharif has been elected Prime Minister,” said speecher Saldar Ayaz Sadik after 174 votes were cast in the 342-seat parliament.

The 70-year-old Sharif led an opposition alliance that forced Khan to a vote of no confidence through parliament after weeks of political turmoil in 220 million nuclear-armed nations.

Khan’s Loyalist and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qreshi said he withdrew his candidacy for that position shortly before the vote began and, along with most Pakistani members of the Pakistan Tehreek-Eye Movement, resigned from parliament in protest.

After being formally sworn in, Sharif’s first mission was his center-left Pakistan Muslim League-N Party, centre-left Pakistan People’s Party, and the smaller conservative Jamiat-Urema-e-Islam-F (JUI). –F) Group.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/714341/Pakistan-lawmakers-elect-Shehbaz-Sharif-as-new-pri Pakistani lawmaker elects Shebaz Sharif as new prime minister

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