Pakistan’s National Assembly is likely to elect Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s 23rd Prime Minister Monday after his predecessor Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote two days ago.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi had also filed nomination papers Sunday night for the post of prime minister. Qureshi’s candidacy, however, became tenuous when Khan and many PTI colleagues decided to resign Monday.
“PTI’s presence in Parliament,” Imran Khan was quoted as saying, “would legitimise a government that PTI refuses to acknowledge as a democratically-elected entity.”
Shehbaz Sharif is the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz, and as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has led the charge against Imran Khan in the last few weeks.
He is the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif. A graduate of the Government College University, he initially joined the family’s steel business and became the president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce in 1985.