Islamabad: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday after he was voted as the leader of the House in National Assembly (NA) took oath of the office as 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan. President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath at the President House.

Abbasi took oath of his office at a solemn ceremony, which had armed forces chiefs, governors, members of the parliament, and prominent political and social figures in presence.

Earlier in National Assembly, Abbasi secured 221 votes  followed by candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Naveed Qamar, 47.

Nominee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Sheikh Rasheed secured 33 votes whereas candidate of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sahabzada Tariqullah bagged four votes in the NA session.

Abbasi was elected as the new prime minister following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court last week.

Shehbaz Sharif, brother of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif is to contest polls in NA-128 and in case Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf s (PTI) Yasim Rashid loses, the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) would be elected as the premier for the remaining term of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the government which is until June 2018.

However, it all depends on the discretion of PML-N if the party wishes to continue with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi or have Shehbaz take over.

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