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Imran Khan elected as Pak PM

By The Assam Tribune
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ISLAMABAD, Aug 17 - Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected as Pakistan�s new Prime Minister today after he defeated veteran politician Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly.

The election for the top post became just a formality after the Pakistan People�s Party, led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats, abstained from voting following a rift over Sharif�s candidature.

Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes, while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced.

After the announcement of the result, PML-N lawmakers chanted slogans against Khan and protested in the house.

Khan will take the oath tomorrow as Pakistan�s 22nd Prime Minister.

A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

The voting was held in open through division of members in different galleries designated for different candidates. The PPP lawmakers remained seated during the voting process. The Jamaat-i-Islami did not take part in the voting. � PTI

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Imran Khan elected as Pak PM

ISLAMABAD, Aug 17 - Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected as Pakistan�s new Prime Minister today after he defeated veteran politician Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly.

The election for the top post became just a formality after the Pakistan People�s Party, led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats, abstained from voting following a rift over Sharif�s candidature.

Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes, while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced.

After the announcement of the result, PML-N lawmakers chanted slogans against Khan and protested in the house.

Khan will take the oath tomorrow as Pakistan�s 22nd Prime Minister.

A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

The voting was held in open through division of members in different galleries designated for different candidates. The PPP lawmakers remained seated during the voting process. The Jamaat-i-Islami did not take part in the voting. � PTI

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