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Pakistan has new interim Prime Minister

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Pakistan has new interim Prime Minister

<p>Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country’s new prime minister, after Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the post last week.</p> <p>Former oil minister Abbasi is the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party’s pick for the job and a staunch ally of Sharif. He was nominated by the ex-PM to become interim leader.</p> <p>Abbasi was confirmed with 221 votes in the 342-seat National Assembly as the <span class="caps">PML</span>-N used its hefty majority to push through his appointment. </p> <p>He is set to hold the job until Sharif’s brother Shahbaz becomes eligible to take over, probably within two months.</p> <p>“Within four days the process of democracy is back on track,” Abbasi told lawmakers after being voted in. </p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a Sharif loyalist, is elected interim prime minister of Pakistan <a href="https://t.co/nmctbqy1eE">https://t.co/nmctbqy1eE</a> <a href="https://t.co/dYsqxUC3bM">pic.twitter.com/dYsqxUC3bM</a></p>— Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/892370870798307328">1 août 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>“Above all, I’m thankful to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the people’s prime minister,” Abbasi said.</p> <p><span class="caps">PML</span>-N officials have privately spoken of plans for Sharif to wield huge influence in the party from behind the scenes.</p> <p>He resigned on Friday, after being disqualified from office by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets, cutting short his third stint in power.</p> <p>His brother Shahbaz is currently chief minister of eastern Punjab province. </p> <p>He will have to resign and fight a parliamentary by-election before he can take over.</p> <p>The plan to eventually install Shahbaz has sparked anger among supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan, who has criticised another bout of dynastic politics, a trend with a long history in Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>