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Pakistan MPs Elect Imran Khan as Premier

 Pakistan MPs Elect Imran Khan as Premier  Pakistan MPs Elect Imran Khan as Premier

Imran Khan won a lawmaker vote on Friday to secure Pakistan's premiership, promising to probe the nation's soaring debt and start a "ruthless accountability" program.

Khan was elected as prime minister by 176 votes compared to the 96 of his opposition rival Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. The 65-year-old former cricket star's assent became certain after the Pakistan Peoples Party, the third largest group, abstained from the vote and declined to back Sharif's candidacy, despite both parties claiming rigging and military manipulation at the July 25 ballot. Khan pledged to investigate the charges and the army has consistently denied the allegations, Bloomberg reported.

"We won't spare anyone who looted the national wealth," Khan said in a speech after the vote.

Khan's Movement for Justice party, or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, will now have to focus on Pakistan's rapidly deteriorating finances. 

After galvanizing voters, particularly Pakistan's large young electorate, Khan's PTI has made promises to both expand social spending, while attempting to fix the economy and rebuild the nation's depleted finances. Despite forming a majority with the support of independents and several smaller parties, Khan's ability to govern and push through reforms will continue to be tested.

 

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