Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan lawmakers elect new prime minister — who's likely to step aside in 45 days

Pakistan lawmakers elect new prime minister — who's likely to step aside in 45 days

Pakistan’s lawmakers have elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to replace Nawaz Sharif as prime minister after Sharif was ousted in a corruption probe last week, but few expect Abbasi to stay in power.

Abbasi was sworn in late Tuesday. But Sharif’s ruling party, which backed him, has said it wants him to serve only temporarily, until Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz qualifies — a move that could take at least 45 days — and that opponents dismissed as undemocratic.

U.S. Ambassador David Hale tweeted his congratulations to Abbasi.

“We look forward to working with him to advance our shared interests in a secure, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Pakistan and region,” Hale...

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