Shahbaz Sharif elected as Chief Minister of Pakistan`s Punjab
Last Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013, 16:30
  
Lahore: PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif was today elected Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab province for the third time, a day after his elder brother Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as Prime Minister.

Sharif bagged 300 votes in the election in the 372-strong Assembly this afternoon. The opposition's candidate, Mahmoodur Rashid of Imran Khan?s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, secured 34 votes.

The seven members of the Pakistan People's Party abstained from the election as the joint opposition comprising the Tehrik-e-Insaf and PML-Q did not seek their votes.

Sharif was scheduled to take oath of office at the Governor's House later in the evening.

The PML-N secured a two-thirds majority in the Assembly by bagging 305 seats in the May 11 polls.

Sharif was first elected Chief Minister in 1997.

He became Chief Minister for a second time on his return to Pakistan from seven years in self-exile in 2008.

He is likely to have a small cabinet.

In his last stint as Chief Minister, Sharif had retained as many as 22 portfolios with himself.

In a speech after his election, Sharif said Punjab?s biggest problem was power outages.

"We need to use all our resources to overcome this problem. We must work on a war footing and end load shedding," he said.

He also outlined his plans for several developmental programmes.

Sharif's elder brother Nawaz Sharif yesterday became premier for an unprecedented third term.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 06, 2013, 15:51


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