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Shehbaz Sharif elected as acting president of PML-N

March 22 2018, 05:50 | Irvin Gilbert

Shehbaz Sharif elected as acting president of PML-N

Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, current chief minister of Punjab province and brother of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the media

Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab province chief minister and brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is set to become the new chief of Pakistans ruling PML-N party, with a senior minister indicating that he was the "most competent" person to hold the post.

Nawaz was removed from his position in PML-N after Supreme Court announced its verdict on petitions challenging the Elections Act, 2017 ruling that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 can not serve as the head of a political party. The chief of the Punjab chapter will also be elected when Shahbaz Sharif will be chosen as its permanent president.

"I propose the name of Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif", Nawaz announced during a meeting in Lahore to huge applause.

According to the party's rules, the PML-N's CWC is supposed to elect an acting party head within a week of its chief's removal. "Shahbaz will continue as the party's full-time president after the general council elects him in a meeting in Islamabad next month", he said.

Mushahidullah said PML-N respected judiciary and institutions, and they acted upon Courts' every decision. Shehbaz, who has a formidable reputation as an administrator but is considered less charismatic than Nawaz, is expected to be the party's prime ministerial candidate. The party nominated Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif for the post of acting President of the party.

The Sharif clan and their supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting Nawaz is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan's powerful military establishment. Afterwards, the party's general council is required to elect the president within 45 days.

Keeping this technical issue in mind, the PML-N's information secretary said that only those CWC members who were elected before the July 28 decision had been called for Tuesday's meeting.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif fearful of losing PML-N candidates in "horse-trading", is seeking an "oath of allegiance" from Senate candidates given tickets by the party, but now contesting the elections as independents.

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