Pakistan lawmakers to elect new prime minister – BBC News

Lawmakers in Pakistan are to elect a new prime minister to replace Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations.
The ruling party has nominated former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to serve as interim leader.
They want him to take on a caretaker role until Mr Sharif’s brother, Shahbaz Sharif, can take over.
He is chief minister of Punjab province and must win a parliamentary by-election to be eligible for PM.
Opposition groups have also nominated candidates but the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds a majority in the National Assembly and Mr Abbasi is expected to win the vote.
PML-N lawmaker Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told Reuters news agency the prime objective was “to give Pakistan stability”.
“As a responsible party we have to take Pakistan ahead,” he said.

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