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21 September 2017


Pakistan's parliament has elected new prime minister

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Pakistan's parliament has elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, after a Supreme Court decision last week disqualified Nawaz Sharif, his predecessor, over allegations he lied on a wealth declaration.

Axar.az reports citing Aljazeera.

Abbasi, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, was elected after a vote by members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The ruling PML-N holds a comfortable majority in the lower house, and Abbasi's election was considered a foregone conclusion ahead of the vote. Several smaller parties also supported Abbasi's election in the vote, results showed.

"Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is declared to have been elected as the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," said Ayaz Sadiq, the speaker of the house, announcing the results to raucous cheers from the ruling party's lawmakers.

Abbasi was due to be sworn in on Tuesday evening, and would then constitute his cabinet, which is largely expected to be almost identical to Nawaz'’s own outgoing cabinet.

The election was necessitated by the dismissal of Nawaz on Friday, a three-time prime minister who was disqualified from holding public office over allegations that he lied on a parliamentary wealth declaration form when running for office in 2013.

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