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Nawaz Sharif elected Pakistan's PM

English.news.cn   2013-06-05 16:34:05            
 • Nawaz Sharif was elected Pakistan 's prime minister by the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.
 • Sharif had won the prime minister's slot by securing 244 votes out of the total 317 votes cast in polling.
 • He will be sworn in later in the evening by President Asif Ali Zardari.

 

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Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) political party, addresses the party members in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 20, 2013.  (Xinhua File Photo) 

ISLAMABAD, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Nawaz Sharif was elected Pakistan 's prime minister in a polling held here by the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaker of the National Assembly, or the lower house of the parliament in the country, announced that Nawaz Sharif had won the prime minister's slot by securing 244 votes out of the total 317 votes cast in Wednesday's polling.

Nawaz Sharif's two rivals Makhdoom Amin Fahim of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured 42 votes and Javed Hashmi, a third candidate of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, bagged 31 votes, said the Speaker.

A total of 172 votes were required in the 342-member National Assembly. Sharif's PML-N had 186 votes and he also received votes from other parties and independent members.

Several parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamait ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), and Jamaat-e-Islami, voted for him.

Following the polls, Sharif delivered a speech to the members of the National Assembly.

He will be sworn in later in the evening by President Asif Ali Zardari.

Sources say that some members of the cabinet are likely to take oath shortly after Sharif's oath-taking ceremony.

Sharif becomes Pakistan's first ever leader to serve as Prime Minister for the third time following the victory of his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in the May 11 general elections.

He has already served as Prime Minister for two non-consecutive terms, the first from Nov. 1, 1990 to July 18, 1993 and the second from Feb. 17, 1997 to Oct. 12, 1999.

Nawaz Sharif was sent into exile in 2000 by the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf following dismissal of his elected government in October 1999.

One of the main tasks of Sharif's government will be presentation of new budget in the coming few days as Pakistan's new financial year begins from July 1.

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