Nawaz Sharif to be new Pakistan PM

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Nawaz Sharif, leader of Pakisan Muslim League- N (PML-N), is most likely to become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan after his party emerged as the single largest party in the elections to 272 directly elected seats of National Assembly (out of total 342, 70 are reserved for women and minority and are filled in proportion to the performance of parties in the direct election )

  • Incumbent PPP and much hyped cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaaf parties were left way behind in tally
  • This will be Nawaz Sharif's third term as the Prime Minister [earlier terms : (1) November 1990 to July 1993- forced to resign on corruption charges and (2) February 1997 to October 1999- removed in a military coup led by then Army General Parvez Musharraf who took over as president. Following coup he was jailed and exiled to Saudi Arab and returned in 2008 only after a secret amnesty deal between him and late Benazir Bhutto.
  • Challenges : Defunct economy, growing unemployment, corruption, No infrastructure (chronic energy crisis) growing extremism and terrorism (northwest is stronghold of Taliban), turbulent relationship with USA and India
  • Significance : Successful Democratic Transition i.e first time in 66 years of Pakistan that a civilian government will succeed another after completing its full term (no military coup).

Provincial Assembly Elections Results (single largest party ) :

  • Punjab (most populous province) : PML-N
  • Sindh: Pakistan Peoples Party and ally MQM
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province : Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (incumbent Awami National Party routed)
  • Balochistan : Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf 
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