Following the forced resignation of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers scandal, Pakistan is set to elect a new Interim Prime Minister. This election will be made by the National Assembly of Parliament.
Six candidates have filed their nominations for the post of interim Prime Minister of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party has nominated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. However, Sharif has named his own brother Shahbaz as his successor. His plan is to have Abbasi stay in power for around two months until Shahbaz wins a by-election to the National Assembly and becomes the Prime Minister. With his party holding a majority of 188 seats in the 342 member Parliament, this will be possible in the absence of any issues from his own party.
Syed Khurshid Shah, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan People Party (PPP) is another candidate. Sahibzada Tariqullah has been nominated by the Islamic party Jamaat-e Islami and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate is Kishwar Zahra.
Abassi has stressed that he would continue Sharif’s policies during his short tenure in the office.