Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif names brother Shahbaz as successor
Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif named his brother Shahbaz Sharif, 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 on Saturday.
The announcement charts a way forward for Pakistan after the Supreme Court ousted Nawaz on Friday following an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing to an unceremonious end his historic third term in power.
“I support Shahbaz 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. The younger Sharif holds only a provincial seat, so must be elected to the national assembly before becoming the new prime minister.
Earlier on Saturday the Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed fresh elections would be held in Nawaz Sharif’s former constituency. Abbasi is set to be voted as placeholder in a parliamentary vote, with Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz commanding a majority in the 342-seat house.