Pakistan’s ex-PM names brother as successor
ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif named his brother Shahbaz, the chief minister of Punjab province, as his successor and nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier in a defiant speech Saturday.
The announcement charts a way forward for Pakistan after the Supreme Court deposed Sharif Friday following an inves- tigation into corruption allegations against him and his family.
The ruling brought to an unceremonious end his historic third term in power and briefly plunged the country into political uncertainty.
“I support Shahbaz Sharif after me but he will take time to contest elections so for the time being I nominate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,” Sharif said in a televised speech to his party.