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Khaqan Abbasi
Khaqan Abbasi

Sharif Loyalist Takes Over as Pakistan’s Interim Premier

Sharif Loyalist Takes Over as Pakistan’s Interim Premier

Pakistan's ruling party appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, CNN reported.
Abbasi, 58, is a staunch Sharif loyalist and had been the petroleum minister in his cabinet until Friday, when Sharif resigned following a Supreme Court disqualification after a corruption probe.
Nawaz Sharif's resignation on Friday has plunged the nuclear-armed nation into political turmoil after several years of relative stability. Sharif quit after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets.
The court has also ordered a criminal investigation into Sharif, 67, and his family.
The ruling PML-N party has a strong majority in parliament so should have no problem appointing its choice as the new prime minister.

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