Shehbaz Sharif was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in on Monday, officially becoming Pakistan’s prime minister for the second time, nearly four weeks after a murky national election that delayed the formation of a coalition government.

Sharif (72 years old) officially assumed the position in the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential headquarters in the capital, Islamabad, the day after. Election of Parliament has tHe became prime minister despite protests from lawmakers allied with imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Shahbaz Sharif bypassed Khan’s nominee

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq reported that Sharif received 201 votes, which is more than the required number of 169 votes in the Assembly.

The prime minister-elect edged out Omar Ayub, the candidate backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who received 92 votes.

The elections of last February 8 were marred by the suspension of Internet services via mobile phones, and arrestsViolence erupts During its preparation, the unusual delay in announcing the results raised accusations By rigging votes.

Candidates supported by Khan won the largest number of seats, but the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party agreed to form Coalition government.

Shahbaz Sharif and return to office

And he drives Nawaz Sharifwho served as prime minister three times and is the elder brother of Shehbaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif party, but he refrained from assuming the position of prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif thus returns to the position he held until August, when Parliament was dissolved in preparation for the elections. Sharif’s upcoming announcement of the government formation will be closely followed by economists, investors, and foreign capital owners, especially the important finance portfolio.

The next Finance Minister will have to immediately begin difficult talks with the International Monetary Fund to conclude an agreement to obtain new financing worth billions of dollars, as the current agreement expires next April.

Sources in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif party told Reuters that Ishaq Dar, who previously held the finance portfolio four times, is still the strongest candidate for the position, but several other candidates are being seriously studied.

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