National Assembly session to elect new PM has started

ISLAMABAD: With the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) nominee, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, most likely to win today’s election for the prime minister after the failure of the opposition to field a consensus candidate, the National Assembly’s session has begun to elect the new leader of the house.

Besides Abbasi, five candidates belonging to four opposition parties have submitted their nomination papers for the premiership. Given the failure of the opposition to field a joint candidate and the PML-N’s strong majority in the assembly, the election is being seen as rubber stamp affair. PML-N itself has more than the required number of 172 members in the house of 342.

PML-N’s ally Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam has also announced to back Abbasi.

Leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah and Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party, PTI’s nominee Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed , Sahibzada Tariqullah of Jamaat-i-Islami and Kishwar Zehar of  Muttahida Qaumi Movement have filed their nomination papers against PML-N’s Abbasi.

Yesterday, the opposition leader presided over a meeting of the opposition parties to choose a joint candidate to challenge Abbasi but it failed to reach any conclusion.

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