Pakistani lawmakers elect Shahbaz Sharif as new premier
Sharif was the only contender. He is the brother of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but his election will not guarantee a clear path forward or solve Pakistan’s many economic problems, including high inflation and a soaring energy crisis.
Shahbaz Sharif was elected with 174 votes in his favor after more than 100 lawmakers from Khan’s party staged a walkout of the National Assembly in protest.
“Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif is declared to be the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” announced the acting speaker, Asad Sadiq.
Khan, a former cricket star turned conservative Islamist politician, was ousted on early on Sunday, after he was deserted by his party allies and a key coalition partner. The opposition pushed Khan out with 174 votes, two more than the required simple majority in the 342-seat National Assembly.