Pakistan’s main parties, minus the party of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, announced on Tuesday that they will try to form a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led coalition government, ending speculation about the future shape of the political structure. .
Although it was not explicitly announced who would be the prime minister, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif said he would ask his elder brother and party supremo Nawaz Sharif, 74, to become prime minister for the fourth time. , a record.
However, Shehbaz Sharif, 72, would likely lead a government like the one he led after Imran Khan was ousted from power in April 2022.
Shehbaz Sharif along with Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) gathered at the residence of Shujaat Hussain of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) after a consultative meeting.
“Today we have come together to tell the nation that we all accept the divided mandate. I am grateful to Zardari and Bilawal for deciding to have their party vote for the PML-N,” he said and also thanked the other leaders gathered.
To form a government, a party must win 133 of the 265 seats up for grabs in the 266-member National Assembly.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced that independent candidates, most of them supported by the PTI, won 101 seats, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 75 seats, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP ) with 54 seats, and The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) won 17 seats.
Other parties won 17 seats, while the result of one constituency was retained.
Shehbaz Sharif said the new government would bail out the cash-strapped country.
“Now our war is against the challenges of the country. The first challenge is the economy. We have to stabilize it, which is an arduous task. Nations move forward when their leaders come together and decide to end conflicts and move the nation forward to eliminate the problems. he said.
Shehbaz Sharif also announced that his niece Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, would be the party’s candidate for Punjab chief minister, sparking rumors about the future of the Punjab government.
Earlier, Zardari had said at the same press conference that a coalition government would be created.
“We have decided to form a coalition government and take the country out of the economic crisis,” he said, adding that the new government will also try to reconcile with everyone, including jailed former Prime Minister Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. .
He promised to lead the country out of these problems and onto the path of prosperity.
With key parties coming together to form the new government, the transition from elections to the new government is likely to take place according to law later this month.
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