Former Pakistani PM Names Brother as Successor

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Following the ouster of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, the ruling party plans to make his brother the new prime minister.

Nawaz Sharif left office Friday, July 28, following a Supreme Court ruling that disqualified him over accusations of corruption.

Sharif still heads the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which announced on Saturday, its plans for Sharif’s brother Shahbaz to take over as prime minister.

However, Shahbaz Sharif must first resign his post as chief minister of Punjab Province and win a special election into Parliament.

His election as prime minister is considered a foregone conclusion according to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, due to the PML-N’s majority in Parliament.

Meanwhile, former Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nawaz Sharif’s political ally, is expected win election as interim prime minister on Tuesday, August 1.