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Pakistan’s parliament votes in opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif as Prime Minister

Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif was voted in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister on Monday by Pakistan’s lawmakers. Sharif is expected to serve as prime minister until the next general election,slated for 2023. Sharif is the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N and was set to go against former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the vote. 

The vote came after Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote. Prior to the vote, on Monday afternoon, all of Khan’s lawmakers, including Qureshi resigned en masse, protesting the vote. Sharif then received 174 of the 342 votes in parliament. Protests in support of Khan erupted in Pakistan on Sunday. Tens of thousands of citizens protested in the streets of many cities, including Lahore and Peshawar. Sharif faces a challenging period as the country’s leader in the face of the political turmoil and struggling economy.

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