Pak­istan’s ex-PM Sharif names brother Shah­baz as suc­ces­sor

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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.

Shah­baz Sharif

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