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Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim Prime Minister

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim Prime Minister

India Blooms News Service | | 01 Aug 2017, 06:18 pm
Islamabad, Aug 1 (IBNS): Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been named as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, media reports said.

He replaced Nawaz Sharif who resigned from the post recently.

The National Assembly on Tuesday elected the new Prime Minister of the nation.

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

"I want to thank the supporters and our partners in the coalition who voted for us," the new PM was quoted as saying by the Geo News.
Nawaz Sharif on Friday stepped down from the post after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office.

The court announced its verdict in connection with the  Panama Papers case.

His stepping down brought Nawaz Sharif's third term in power to an unceremonious end.

He stepped down nearly an year before Pakistan would have participated in the scheduled general elections.