Following the ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office in a corruption scam a year ago, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered another major blow on Saturday when Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a candidate of its rival party, was elected CM of the restive southwestern Balochistan province.
The National Party, once a key partner in the coalition government, opted not to sit either on the treasury or the opposition benches.
Bizenjo, who had moved the motion of no-confidence against former CM Sanaullah Zehri, managed to bag 41 votes in 65-member house. Durrani made the formal announcement after Bizenjo bagged 41 votes and Liaquat Agha 13.
In PB-41, the turnout was 1.18 per cent, while only 672 people cast their vote.
On Friday, Bizenjo, an MPA from Awaran district, had submitted five nomination papers each proposed and seconded by members of allied parties.
Born in 1974, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid first became a lawmaker in 2002 and remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.
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Speaking on the floor of the assembly, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who had supported him. He added that he would reach out to all political parties, including PkMAP and NP for parliamentary consultation and we would try to resolve issues in Balochistan by keeping everyone together.
Retracing the steps of his father, who was thrice elected from Awaran, Bizenjo commenced his political career from his hometown Shindi Jhao Awaran.
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The assembly session headed by Speaker Raheela Hameed Durrani began at 11.30 am.
The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo. His cabinet took oath the same day, which was also administered by the Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai.