Published:  03:45 PM, 10 April 2022

Sharif set to become next Pakistan PM

Sharif set to become next Pakistan PM

Imran Khan was dismissed Sunday as 
Pakistan's prime minister after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way 
for an unlikely opposition alliance that faces the same issues that 
bedevilled the cricket star-turned-politician.
 A new premier will be chosen Monday, with centrist Pakistan Muslim League-N 
(PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif already anointed to lead the nuclear-armed 
nation of 220 million people.
 His first task will be to form a cabinet that will draw also heavily from 
the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), as well as find space for the 
smaller conservative Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) group.
The PPP and PML-N are dynastic parties that have dominated Pakistani politics 
for decades -- usually as bitter rivals -- and their relations are sure to 
fray in the lead up to the next election, which must be held by October 2023.

Shehbaz Sharif is the brother of disgraced three-time prime minister Nawaz 
Sharif, while PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the son of former 
president Asif Ali Zardari and assassinated ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.

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