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Imran Khan elected Pakistan’s new PM

Pakistan’s former cricket star Imran Khan has been elected the country’s new prime minister following the parliament’s approval.

Asad Qaiser, the speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan (the Lower House of Parliament), said Khan “got 176 votes,” while his rival candidate, Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), garnered only 96 votes.

The National Assembly has elected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team entered politics.

Imran, whose party swept the July 25 general election and commands the loyalty of a majority of lawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament, will take oath of office on Saturday.

Imran, while addressing the National Assembly for the first time as PM-elect, vowed that he would not spare the ones who looted the country.

“I am grateful to Almighty Allah and the nation for giving me the opportunity to bring a change which the nation wanted. The nation was longing for the change we will bring,” Khan said.

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