Pak­istan’s par­lia­ment elects for­mer oil min­is­ter Ab­basi as new Prime Min­is­ter

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Islamabad, Pak­istan - Pak­istan’s par­lia­ment elected ex-oil min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi as prime min­is­ter on Tues­day, days after three-time premier Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court. Ab­basi is seen by the rul­ing party as a place­holder for Sharif’s des­ig­nated suc­ces­sor, his younger brother Shah­baz, who must first se­cure elec­tion to the 342-mem­ber Na­tional Assem­bly.

Ab­basi, nom­i­nated by Sharif’s

rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim LeagueNawaz (PML-N), se­cured 221 votes, Speaker Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq an­nounced on live tele­vi­sion. He was sworn in later on Tues­day. “I give the floor to the new prime min­is­ter of Pak­istan,” Sadiq said as Ab­basi took his place in the premier’s seat.

Shab­haz Sharif, cur­rently chief min­is­ter of Pun­jab province, plans to en­ter par­lia­ment by con­test­ing the seat left va­cant by his el­der sib­ling be­fore even­tu­ally tak­ing over the pre­mier­ship.

Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi

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