Islamabad: Pakistan’s parliament will meet on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family.
The ruling party named Shahbaz Sharif as Nawaz Sharif’s successor, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by his brother.
PML-N, which enjoys a majority in parliament, has nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister.
“The nomination papers — shall be delivered to the Secretary, National Assembly by 2.00 pm, on Monday,” said a notification by the National Assembly Secretariat.
So far Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed and MQM’s Sheikh Salahuddin have obtained the nomination papers from the office of the Secretary National Assembly.
The papers will be received till 2 pm on Monday, while the Speaker National Assembly will scrutinize the papers at 3:00 pm the same day.
On the other hand, the opposition is also chalking out its strategy to come up with a unanimous candidate against Abbasi; however, the opposition has a little chance of securing enough votes in the 342-seat house.
The assembly will meet at 3:00 pm Tuesday to elect a prime minister.
Shahbaz Sharif — who is chief minister of the country’s most populous province of Punjab — has so far been unscathed by the corruption allegations engulfing his brother’s family.
Fresh elections would be held in Nawaz Sharif’s former constituency, in the family’s power base in Punjab, in a process that could take up to 45 days.
Abbasi is set to be rubber-stamped as placeholder in the parliamentary vote. After taking oath, the new PM will constitute the federal cabinet. – Samaa/AFP
Story first published: 31st July 2017