National Assembly to elect new prime minister on Friday

National Assembly to elect new prime minister on Friday

Islamabad (Staff Report): The National Assembly of Pakistan will elect new prime minister for the next five years on Friday.

On Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif filed their nomination papers for the election of Prime Minister.

Asad Qaiser was elected as the speaker of the NA. He defeated former opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah of the PPP.

Asad Qaiser received 176 votes to be elected to the speakership, whereas Shah got 146 votes. A total of 330 votes were cast, out of which 322 were accepted and eight were rejected. Outgoing speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the newly elected Speaker.

The newly elected Speaker is chairing the session the election for the slot of deputy speaker is underway.

Qaiser, who previously served as speaker for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, won NA-18 Swabi I and PK-44 Swabi 2 constituencies on the PTI 's ticket during the July 25 general election.