Rivals of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan in prison agree to form the government

Rivals of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan in prison agree to form the government


Pakistan will reconstitute an old coalition to remove the election winner, former Prime Minister Imran Khan, from the government, in an expected development that pleases the military power. The agreement ends the state of uncertainty left by the elections held two weeks ago, and opens the door for the fifth democracy in the world to have a supposedly weak executive who is competed for by the voters of the imprisoned candidate.


The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced the formula in a press conference yesterday. Bilawal Bhutto Zarzari, the second representative and son of the assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto, will be presented as the country's president. Muslim League leader Shehbaz Sharif will take over as prime minister. “It will not be an easy task. We will work together to put this country on the path of progress and development,” Sharif said, explaining that the agreement is considered an urgent necessity “to save Pakistan from political instability.” A third formation was added to the equation, bringing the 133 seats required for a simple majority. This combination actually ruled Pakistan in 2016 after Khan was ousted under a no-confidence motion.


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