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Shahbaz Sharif elected Prime Minister of Pakistan

By: Mustafa Safdar Baig

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Islamabad: Shahbaz Sharif was elected Prime Minister today. PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has been elected the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Mian Shahbaz Sharif was the candidate of PML-N and allied parties for the post of Prime Minister. Shah Mehmood Qureshi was the candidate of PTI and its allied parties.

However, when the sitting of the House began, Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri handed over the floor to PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated his old position in a full speech.

On this occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that his party will not participate in the election of the Prime Minister, and all members of the PTI are resigning from the National Assembly.

After which, Qasim Suri handed over the chair to Ayaz Sadiq. The rest of the proceedings were conducted by former Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Shahbaz Sharif Elected Prime Minister:

Earlier, the agenda of the National Assembly session was released. The two-point agenda also included the election of the Leader of the House.

The National Assembly session began at 2 pm on Monday. The proceedings of the National Assembly were conducted under Article 91 and Rule 32 of the Constitution.

The schedule for the election of the new Prime Minister was read out from the Speaker’s Chair.

For the election of the Leader of the House, all the members had to arrive at the beginning of the proceedings in the House. The bells were rung for five minutes for the members to attend the House.

All the doors were closed after all the members were present and the bells rang for 5 minutes. Once the doors were locked, no member could enter inside or outside.

Sergeants at Arms were stationed at the lobby doors. From the Speaker’s Chair, the House was divided into two parts. Separate lobbies were set up for both candidates, where their voters had to enter to cast their votes.

As soon as all the members left the house, the situation was stopped by ringing bells.

After the results were counted, the lobbies were opened, after which the results were presented to the members. Any candidate needed 172 votes to be elected Leader of the House.

It may be recalled that on Saturday, the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was won by the opposition with 174 votes.

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