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Shehbaz Sharif Reclaims Pakistan’s Prime Minister Position For Second Term

Pakistan's recently established parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister for the second time on Sunday

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Mar 3, 2024 14:57 IST
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Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif

Pakistan‘s recently established parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister for the second time on Sunday, as per reports. This comes after three weeks of uncertainty following the national elections, which caused delays in forming a coalition government.

On February 8, voters in Pakistan participated in an election marked by various challenges, including a shutdown of mobile internet services, arrests, and incidents of violence during its lead-up. The results of the election were unusually delayed, prompting accusations of rigging.

Sharif has resumed the position he previously held until August, when parliament was dissolved ahead of the elections. Subsequently, a caretaker government took over the reins of power.

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The vote in parliament, which first met on Thursday, took place amidst tight security as candidates backed by former jailed premier Imran Khan have protested against the result and called for his release. The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) party backed by Khan alleges that the national election was rigged against them and has called for an audit of the polls. No single party won a majority.

Sharif, 72, is the younger brother of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who spearheaded their Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s election campaign.

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First published on: Mar 03, 2024 02:51 PM IST

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