Imran Khan set for victory as Pakistan MPs vote on new PM

Pakistani MPs elect Imran Khan as prime minister for the next five years

Mr Khan, a firebrand nationalist, has promised to create millions of jobs and build world-class hospital and school systems in the mainly Muslim country of 208 million people.

Khan, 65, secured 176 votes out of the total 272 cast in polling in the lower house, while his opponent Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) got 96 votes, according to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Saturday (August 18).

Khan's PTI won the July 25 election, but did not have enough seats for an outright majority, forcing its leader to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.

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He had needed 172 votes for a majority.

(WebDesk) - It was the day when newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan was supposed to steal the show and win the hearts of all those Pakistanis who have not voted for him in Pakistan's general elections 2018. "We will hold you accountable for stealing votes" firmly said Sharif and continued his diatribe over systematic election rigging hurling accusations.

Pakistani lawmakers elected former cricket legend Imran Khan prime minister on Friday and he pledged to bring to justice "all those who have robbed this country" through corruption.

Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N, now led by Sharif's brother Shehbaz, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of military rule.

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The key decision of the major reshuffle was taken in a high-level meeting headed by PTI chairman Imran Khan and attended by Jahangir Tareen, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Arbab Shehzad. Sindh province remained in the hands of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Murtaza Abbasi, a PMLN legislator, said in parliament that Mr Khan was "brought here by aliens", a euphemism for the military.

Among his first challenges will be to decide whether to request an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout to ease currency pressures, or seek support from China and risk deepening Pakistan's economic dependence on its neighbour.

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