Pakistan’s Parliament Selects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Replace Ousted Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s premier-designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks to media on Sunday.
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Pakistan’s parliament has selected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to replace ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was dismissed last week on corruption charges.

NPR’s Diaa Hadid reports from Islamabad that there were cheers, boos and demands for order in Pakistan’s National Assembly as Abbasi was chosen with about two-thirds of the vote.

Abbasi, a former petroleum minister and long-time Sharif ally from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, is only expected to be a short-term placeholder until Sharif’s brother can inherit the prime minister’s post. The brother, Shabbaz Sharif, is currently the chief minister of Punjab state and would need to resign that post and win a seat in the National Assembly in order to be eligible to become premier.

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SOURCE: NPR, Scott Neuman