Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected 18th prime minister of Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday elected PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

As the eighteenth prime minister of Pakistan following the 

Disqualification of Nawaz Sharif  by the Supreme Court last week.

Abbasi, the favoured candidate to win, swept the election with a majority vote. He received 221 of 339 votes.

Abbasi has been elected as an interim prime minister and will hold

The post till the election of incumbent Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to the National Assembly.

PPP’s Naveed Qamar secured 47 votes while PTI’s candidate Sheikh Rasheed managed to secured 33 votes.

The speaker ordered certain members to be removed due to the ruckus created in the house.

Candidates fielded

Major political parties had fielded their respective candidates for the premier slot.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had nominated former petroleum minister

And veteran politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as its candidate for prime minister.

From the assembly’s second biggest party in terms of numbers, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP),

Naveed Qamar was contesting for the slot whereas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)

fielded Sheikh Rasheed as its nominee.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), the assembly’s fourth largest party,

Voted for the PML-N candidate. The party had earlier nominated its MNA Kishwer Zehra

For the slot but withdrew her nominated following a meeting with PML-N leaders.

Jamaat-e-Islami fielded Sahibzada Tariqullah as their candidate for the new prime minister.

The opposition intended to ‘put up a fight’, although the PML-N held a majority in the National Assembly.

The opposition parties’ meeting on Monday failed to result in agreement over a joint candidate.

At present, there are three seats empty, including the one of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif,

In the 342-seat Lower House of the Parliament.

The winning candidate required 172 votes to win.

Major political parties had fielded their respective candidates for the premier slot.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

Had nominated former petroleum minister and veteran politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

As its candidate for prime minister.

From the assembly’s second biggest party in terms of numbers,

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Naveed Qamar was contesting for the slot whereas

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) fielded Sheikh Rasheed as its nominee.

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