Shehbaz Sharif Set to Become Pakistan’s Prime Minister for the Second Time

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Shehbaz Sharif, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), is expected to be elected as the 33rd Prime Minister of Pakistan, securing broad coalition support and a majority in the National Assembly. The election is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, with the voting results anticipated to be in favor of Shehbaz Sharif. He is the consensus candidate of the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), leading a coalition government after recent elections yielded a split mandate.

Background:

1. Election Schedule:

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  • Voting in the National Assembly is set to take place on Sunday, March 3.
  • The winning candidate will take the oath of office on Monday, March 4, at the Presidential mansion, Aiwan-e-Sadr.

2. Shehbaz Sharif:

  • Age: 72
  • Affiliation: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
  • Relationship: Younger brother of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

3. Previous Leadership:

  • Shehbaz Sharif served as Prime Minister of a coalition government from April 2022 to August 2023 before Parliament was dissolved to hold general elections.

4. Election Dynamics:

  • The PML-N, led by the Sharif brothers, failed to secure a clear majority in the February 8 elections, technically being the largest party with 75 out of 265 seats.
  • To form a government, a party needed to win 133 seats out of 265 contested seats, with 70 additional seats reserved for women and minorities.

5. Coalition Support:

  • The Mutahhida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have backed the PML-N’s candidate, ensuring Shehbaz Sharif’s smooth election.

6. Opposition Dynamics:

  • The opposition, backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has 102 lawmakers, and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Balochistan National Party (Mengal) are likely to boycott the poll.

7. Required Votes:

  • Shehbaz requires 169 votes in the 336-member house to become the leader of the house.

8. Current Support:

  • Shehbaz has the backing of the MQM-P, PPP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P), Pakistan Muslim League (Q), Balochistan Awami Party, Pakistan Muslim League (Z), Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party, and the National Party, totaling 205 lawmakers.

9. Ongoing Developments:

  • The Election Commission of Pakistan has yet to issue notifications for 23 reserved seats for women and minorities.

Shehbaz Sharif is expected to play a pivotal role in leading Pakistan’s government once again, forming a coalition that unifies various political factions.

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