Abbasi elected as Pak PM

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PV Desk : Pakistan’s ruling party PML-N’s candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been elected today as the country’s new prime minister, announced the speaker of the National Assembly, reports Xinhua.

Meanwhile, AFP supplemented the report saying Pakistan’s parliament elected ex-oil minister Abbasi as prime minister days after three-times premier Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court.

Abbasi is seen by the ruling party as a placeholder for Sharif’s designated successor, his younger brother Shahbaz, who must first secure election to the 342-member National Assembly.

Abbasi, nominated by Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 221 votes, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq announced on live television. He will be sworn in later Tuesday.

“I give the floor to the new prime minister of Pakistan,” Sadiq said as Abbasi took his place in the premier’s seat.

“I am thankful to all those who took part in this democratic process,” Abbasi said.