Parliament to elect new Prime Minister on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The 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 Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz as his successor over the weekend, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by Sharif.

In the meantime the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which enjoys a majority in parliament, has nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister.

The top court ousted Sharif Friday after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing his historic third term in power to an unceremonious end.

“The nomination papers – shall be delivered to the Secretary, National Assembly by 2.00pm, on Monday,” said a notification by the National Assembly Secretariat. It said the assembly would meet at 3:00pm Tuesday for the “election of the Prime Minister”.

The younger 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.

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