Pakistan National Assembly to pick 18th prime minister on August 1

Trevor Jackson
August 3, 2017

Abbasi bagged 221 votes during the voting in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, to elect a short-term successor of Sharif, Dawn News reported.

The informed sources further said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will resign before NA-120 by-polls campaign for a National Assembly seat to elect as permanent Prime Minister.

Sharif's PML-N party won elections in 2013 and holds a majority of 188 seats in the 342-member parliament, so it should be able to swiftly install its choice of prime minister, barring defections from its own ranks. An entirely predictable landslide victory considering the size of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) majority in Parliament.

Sharif stepped down after a probe into his family's wealth following the Panama Papers leak in 2015 linked his children to offshore companies. He was sworn in at the presidency later Tuesday by President Mamnoon Hussain.

Amidst the bumpy political circumstances, rumors also floated that Nisar met Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan at an Islamabad eatery, but former interior minister denied any such meeting.

PPP instead asked its leaders, Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, and Naveed Qamar to file their nomination papers.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Sunday, Interim Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said history won't accept the top court's decision.

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In Pakistan's rough-and-tumble politics, charges of corruption against leading politicians are common and several figures, including opposition leader Mr Khan, face court cases.

PML-N's ally Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam has also backed Abbasi.

No elected Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full term and this is the third time Mr Sharif has been dismissed before he completed his term.

"As a responsible party we have to take Pakistan ahead", he said.

On Friday, the Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Sharif (67) for dishonesty.

"On becoming the Prime Minister, I would form cabinet in consultation with the PML-N leadership and would adopt the policy of harmony and brotherhood with neighboring countries, particularly in trade sector", he said.

Sharif's two previous stints in power were also cut short, the second ending in a military coup led by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

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