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