Imran Khan defeats Shehbaz Sharif to become Pakistans 22nd Prime Minister

Imran Khan defeats Shehbaz Sharif to become Pakistans 22nd Prime Minister

Imran Khan defeats Shehbaz Sharif to become Pakistans 22nd Prime Minister

Pakistani lawmakers are gathering in the National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament to elect the former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country's prime minister. In comparison with the unnerve speech of upset PM Khan, the much younger opposition party leader Bilawal Bhutto stole the show and spotlight in a minutes of speech tilted towards him from the hero of the show, PM Imran Khan.

After the session, the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician went to his chamber in parliament and offered Shukranay K Nawafil (prayers of gratitude). It garnered nearly 17 million votes, trouncing the Pakistan Muslim League, the incumbent governing party of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with just under 13 million ballots.

Mr Khan is to be sworn in as Prime Minister on Saturday.

After the election, three major opposition parties banded together to nominate Shahbaz Sharif as a joint candidate in a bid to thwart Khan.

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Pakistan's parliament has elected Khan to lead the government. The army and Khan have denied the claims.

But Khan will face a battle to push through his ambitious reforms and legislative agenda due to the thin majority in the National Assembly.

Replying to a query on the gift he has brought for the former Pakistan Test captain, Mr Sidhu said: "I have brought a Kashmiri shawl for Khan sahib".

China has also provided billions of dollars in loans to shore up Pakistan's foreign currency reserves, which stand at just over $10.1 billion - enough to cover two months of imports.

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