Imran Khan elected Pakistan PM, to take oath tomorrow

Pauline Gross
August 17, 2018

His only challenger is Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who is not believed to have the necessary votes.

Analysts say, as prime minister, Khan would be tested on several fronts, from dealing with an urgent foreign currency shortage to managing a tense relationship with the United States.

Pakistani lawmakers will vote for a new prime minister today, with World Cup cricket hero and election victor Imran Khan expected to become the nuclear-armed country's new leader-in-waiting after weeks of working to form a coalition.

The key decision of the major reshuffle was taken in a high-level meeting headed by PTI chairman Imran Khan and attended by Jahangir Tareen, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Arbab Shehzad.

The newly-elected National Assembly members will vote for the country's next Prime Minister today.

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Sidhu chanted as he welcomed the "change" in the country brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.Khan is expected be sworn in as Prime Minister on August 18 after his party swept the July 25 general elections.

Rival parties have alleged "blatant" vote-rigging. Sindh province remained in the hands of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

He will face myriad challenges including militant extremism, water shortages, and a booming population negating growth in the developing country, among others.

Known in Pakistan as "Taliban Khan" for his calls to hold talks with insurgents, he increasingly catered to religious hardliners during the campaign, spurring fears his leadership could embolden extremists.

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