Pak­istan’s ex-PM names brother as suc­ces­sor

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

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.

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