Pak­istan elects In­dia-born Mam­noon Hus­sain as Prez

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IS­LAM­ABAD: In­dia-born Pak­istani busi­ness­man Mam­noon Hus­sain, a close aide of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, was on Tues­day elected as the 12th Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan af­ter he trounced his lone op­po­nent in a one-sided con­test.

Hus­sain, 73, will be sworn in on Septem­ber 9 at the pres­i­den­tial palace due to be va­cated by in­cum­bent Asif Ali Zar­dari, who is step­ping down at the end of his five-year term.

Hus­sain emerged as a clear win­ner in the con­test with ex-judge Wa­ji­hud­din Ahmed of Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf party, state me­dia re­ported.

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IJ ULY 30 ND IA -bo rn Mam­noon Hus­sain, a close aide of Prime Min­is­ter Nawqaz Sharif, was to­day elected as the 12 Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan and will re­place the in­cum­bent Asif Ali Zar­dari in Septem­ber.

Hus­sain emerged as a clear win­ner in the onesided con­test with ex­judge Wa­ji­hud­din Ah­mad of Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf party, state me­dia re­ported.

Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party with­drew its can­di­date Raza Rab­bani and boy­cotted the elec­tion held to­day in protest to the date of polls be­ing changed.

The polling started at 10:00 am amidst tight se­cu­rity ar­range­ments.

Born in the his­toric city of Agra, Hus­sain, who be­longs to the A Pak­istani law­maker casts her vote for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion at the Provin­cial Assem­bly in Pe­shawar, Pak­istan on Tues­day. (inset) New Pak­istan Prtes­i­dent-elect Mam­noon Hus­sain — AP/PTI photo Urdu-speak­ing eth­nic group that mi­grated from In­dia dur­ing par­ti­tion in 1947, was the can­di­date of rul­ing PML-N govern­ment. Over 1,000 mem­bers of the national par­lia­ment and four provin­cial as­sem­blies cast their bal­lots for largely cer­e­mo­nial head of the state.

The of­fice of the pres­i­dent is cer­e­mo­nial in Pak­istan but he is still the con­sti­tu­tional chief of the armed forces but can­not or­der de­ploy­ments.

He also ap­points the ser­vices chiefs at the rec­om­men­da­tion of the prime min­is­ter.

Pak­istan so far had 11 pres­i­dents, out of which five were mil­i­tary gen­er­als. Four of them il­le­gally got pow­ers through coups, whereas first pres­i­dent Ma­jor Sikan­dar Mirza was elected in 1956 af­ter the first con­sti­tu­tion was adopted.

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