Pak­istan law­mak­ers will elect pre­mier

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD — Pak­istan’s Par­lia­ment will meet Tues­day to elect a new prime min­is­ter af­ter the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of three-term prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, as thou­sands gath­ered in the cap­i­tal Is­lam­abad on Sun­day to voice sup­port for op­po­si­tion leader Im­ran Khan.

Sharif’s Pak­istan Mus­lim League party nom­i­nated Sharif’s long­time loy­al­ist Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi for the top slot on Sat­ur­day. Sharif pro­posed Ab­basi as in­terim prime min­is­ter un­til his brother Shah­baz Sharif, who is the chief min­is­ter of Pun­jab prov­ince, can con­tend in a by-elec­tion for the seat left va­cant by his brother’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The op­po­si­tion is ex­pected to name a can­di­date to chal­lenge Abassi in a vote in Par­lia­ment, but the six-time law­maker is ex­pected to win.

Sharif’s party holds 188 of 342 seats in Par­lia­ment’s lower house and with ad­di­tional votes from its al­lies is ex­pected to ob­tain 214 votes. To win the top slot, Ab­basi needs only 172 votes.

Pak­istan’s Supreme Court dis­qual­i­fied Sharif from of­fice on Fri­day on ac­cu­sa­tions of con­ceal­ing as­sets. The probe against him be­gan af­ter his chil­dren were named in the leaked so-called Panama Papers for own­ing off­shore ac­counts and prop­er­ties.

Sharif’s party has re­solved to file a re­view pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court to re­v­erse the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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