Published on: 04/11/2022 – 14:49 Shehbaz Sharif was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday in a vote in the National Assembly triggered by the fall this weekend of his predecessor Imran Khan, overthrown by a motion of censure. “This is the victory of righteousness and evil has been defeated,” said Pakistan’s new chief executive. Change in Pakistan. After the fall of Imran Khan this weekend, Shehbaz Sharif was elected to succeed him as Prime Minister on Monday 11 April. Pakistan’s National Assembly gave 174 votes (out of 342 seats) to the new chief executive, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the house’s acting speaker, announced. The session was boycotted by the vast majority of party MPs Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, Pakistan Justice Movement), who also announced their resignation from the Assembly, like the former Prime Minister. “Allah saved Pakistan today, thanks to the prayers of millions of Pakistanis,” said Shehbaz Sharif. “It is the victory of rectitude and evil has been defeated.”Head of the Muslim League of Pakistan (PML-N), Shehbaz Sharif, at the age of 70, takes the helm of this Islamic republic of 220 million inhabitants endowed with nuclear weapon.Brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz SharifHe is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif. The latter was three times Prime Minister before being dismissed in 2017 for alleged corruption and imprisoned, then released two years later on medical grounds. He has since lived in exile in the United Kingdom. Shehbaz Sharif succeeds Imran Khan, 69, a former star cricketer elected in 2018, who on Sunday became the first Pakistani head of government in history to fall on a motion of no confidence. He received the support of the coalition which had voted no confidence in Imran Khan, made up in particular of the Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the small conservative religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. His first mission will be to form a government from this motley crew, the PML-N and the PPP having been rivals for most of their history. The former foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was the candidate of the PTI in this election. He did not collect any votes, after having also resigned, denouncing an “illegitimate process”. With AFP
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