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Shahbaz Sharif elected as Chief Minister of Pakistan`s Punjab

Last Updated: Thursday, June 6, 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.

First Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 15:51
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