Pakistan News : The PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif is now the Prime Minister elect of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He has been elected to the office for a third time having secured 244 votes out of total house membership of 342.
Contesting against Nawaz Sharif were Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the PPP, and Makhdoom Javed Hashmi from the PTI.
Nawaz Sharif has become the first person to be elected to the office of prime minister for a third time. Previously a restriction was in place that barred any candidate from holding public office for more than two terms.
The last time Nawaz Sharif was in office was 13 years, 7 months and 21 days ago. His government back then was toppled in a bloodless coup led by the Army Chief at the time, General Pervez Musharraf on 12th October 1999.
Nawaz Sharif began his political career in 1981 when he became Punjab Finance Minister, in 1985 he became Chief Minister of the province and in 1990 he was elected as prime minister for the first time.
His first government was dismissed by then President Ghullam Ishaq Khan. The Supreme Court did however reinstate Sharif’s government but pressure from the Army Chief in 1993, forced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to tender his resignation.
He was elected Prime Minister for a second time in 1997 securing a heavy mandate. However due to his differences with General Jehangir Karamat, Nawaz Sharif promoted a junior officer to the post of Chief of Army Staff, and in October of 1999, that same Chief of Army Staff toppled the Sharif government, sending Nawaz Sharif first to Jail and then into exile.