Par­lia­ment elects Ab­basi as new PM

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

Law­mak­ers in Pak­istan have elected Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi as prime min­is­ter, re­plac­ing Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over cor­rup­tion al­lega­tions.

The rul­ing party wants the for­mer oil min­is­ter to hold the role tem­po­rar­ily un­til Mr Sharif’s brother, Shah­baz Sharif, can take over.

Shah­baz Sharif, Pun­jab prov­ince’s chief min­is­ter, must win a par­lia­men­tary by­elec­tion to be el­i­gi­ble for PM.

Mr Ab­basi was elected with 221 votes from the 342-mem­ber Na­tional As­sem­bly.

He thanked Nawaz Sharif af­ter the vote, say­ing “the process of democ­racy is back on track” and re­ject­ing claims he would only serve as a place­holder for Shah­baz Sharif.

“They say, ‘Oh, he’s only here for 45 days.’ I say, I may be here for 45 days or 45 hours, but I’m not here to keep the seat warm,” he said.

Op­po­si­tion groups had also nom­i­nated can­di­dates but the rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) party holds a ma­jor­ity and was eas­ily able to get their can­di­date through.

Newly elected Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter, Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi

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