Islamabad, Aug 1: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan on Tuesday in place of Nawaz Sharif who was unseated by the Supreme Court on charges of his involvement in Panama Papers leak case.
Abbasi received 221 votes from the 342- member National Assembly.
This is stated to be a temporary arrangement till Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif gets elected to the National Assembly in a by-election to be eligible to take over. The ruling PML-N has proposed Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Province, to replace Nawaz Sharif.
Abbasi will be sworn in by the President later.
Shahbaz Sharif is likely to contest the by-election from the seat left vacant by Nawaz Sharif but the process would take at least 45 days to complete. Hence this interim arrangement was made.
The present incumbent is long-time friend of Nawaz Sharif. He was jailed in 1999 after the Sharif government was toppled in a military coup during his second term as Prime Minister.