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Pakistan: Parliament makes way for Sharif to head party

 

Pakistan’s lower house on Monday passed a controversial bill allowing the former prime minister to take charge of the ruling party despite being disqualified by the country’s top court this July.
Pakistan: Parliament makes way for Sharif to head party

Pakistan: Parliament makes way for Sharif to head party

The approval of the Election Bill 2017 with a majority vote has removed the last hurdle in the way of the three-time premier to get re-elected as the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party on Tuesday.

The bill allows a convicted person to lead a political party, a move that many political analysts say will give a new life to Sharif’s career as a politician.

Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid moved the bill before the parliamentarians amid uproar by the opposition lawmakers who saw it as a move to benefit a single individual – Nawaz Sharif.

Footage aired on state-run Pakistan Television showed several enraged opposition members tearing off copies of the bill.

Sharif’s party and its allies have more than 200 seats in the 342-member lower house, the National Assembly.

President Mamnoon Hussain is likely to sign the bill, as a mere formality, later on Monday.

Last month, the Senate, parliament’s upper house, where Sharif and his allies enjoy a comfortable majority, passed the bill.  Read more

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