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Pakistan ruling party's choice for next PM, others seek post

This photo released by Pakistan's Muslim League shows Pakistani ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a party in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday...
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2008 file photo, Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, addresses a news conference with his brother Shahbaz Sh...
Supporters of Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif take part in a rally to to condemn the dismissal of their leader, in Islamabad, Pakistan,...

This photo released by Pakistan's Muslim League shows Pakistani ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a party in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2008 file photo, Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, addresses a news conference with his brother Shahbaz Sh...

Supporters of Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif take part in a rally to to condemn the dismissal of their leader, in Islamabad, Pakistan,...

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's premier-designate and three opposition lawmakers have submitted their candidacies for the country's next head of government.

Monday's development comes ahead of Tuesday's vote in parliament that will elect a successor to three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified from office by the Supreme Court and who resigned last week.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a longtime Sharif loyalist nominated for the top slot, is almost certain to win the vote since the nation's ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League, commands a comfortable majority in the house.

Abbasi was the party's choice until Sharif's younger brother — Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab province — wins a national assembly seat in a by-election.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif following a probe that determined his family had concealed their assets.


Updated : 2021-06-21 13:15 GMT+08:00