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Shahbaz Sharif elected Pakistan premier by lawmakers


Pakistan’s opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was elected the country’s next prime minister.

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Pakistan’s Parliament elected Shahbaz Sharif (opposition lawmaker) as new Prime Minister. This was after lawmakers protesting the ousted Premier Imran Khan.

Sharif was only candidate. He is the brother of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but his election will not guarantee a clear path forward — or solve Pakistan’s many economic problems, including high inflation and a soaring energy crisis.

After more than 100 members of Khan’s party protested, Shahbaz Sharif won 174 votes.

Asad Sadiq, the acting speaker announced that Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif has been declared the prime minister of Islam Republic of Pakistan.

Khan was a former cricket player who became a conservative Islamist politician. He was thrown out by key coalition partners and party allies. The opposition pushed Khan out with 174 votes — two more than the required simple majority in the 342-seat National Assembly.