Imran Khan defeats Shahbaz Sharif to become Pakistan’s new Prime Minister

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Islamabad | Published: August 17, 2018 6:26:30 PM

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today defeated Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided contest to become Pakistan's next prime minister after the grand opposition alliance fell apart over the PML-N chief's nomination for the top post.

imran khan, imran khan swearing in, imran khan swearing in ceremony, imran khan swearing in ceremony, swearing in ceremony of pakistan prime minister imran khan, imrana khan oath takingKhan, 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.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today defeated Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided contest to become Pakistan’s next prime minister after the grand opposition alliance fell apart over the PML-N chief’s nomination for the top post. The election in the 15th National Assembly became just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats abstained from voting.

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.

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

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