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.
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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