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Pakistan's Shehbaz Sharif Named For Premier Slot Amid Political Wrangling, Parlays

12.02.2024 13:57

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Sharif holds parlays with Zardaris led Pakistan People's Party about forming coalition government, but no decision has been made yet.

Amid political wrangling over stitching together a coalition government, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has named Shehbaz Sharif as its prime minister candidate, a party leader announced on Monday.

Khawaja Asif, a former foreign minister and senior PML-N leader, told reporters in his home city Sialkot in eastern Punjab province that the party has nominated Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, for the coveted position.

Shehbaz Sharif served as prime minister from 2022 to 2023, leading a coalition government that included the PML-N, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and 11 other small and religiopolitical parties.

The PML-N and PPP have won 75 and 54 seats, respectively, out of 266 direct seats in the lower house or the National Assembly in the Feb. 8 crucial elections.

The Sharifs have held parleys with the Zardaris-led PPP about forming a coalition government, but no official decision has been made yet.

Besides, the PML-N is also in discussions with the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which has won 17 seats in the parliament as per the Election Commission of Pakistan announcement. -

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