Lawmakers sealed the political defeat of Benazir Bhutto, giving her longtime nemesis an overwhelming vote of confidence and making him prime minister. Bhutto received only 16 votes in a secret ballot, compared with the 177 won by Nawaz Sharif of the centrist Pakistan Muslim League. Sharif, who served as prime minister from 1990 to 1993, returned to power in a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace in Islamabad. In Feb. 3 general elections, Sharif’s party won 137 seats in the 207-seat National Assembly, the powerful lawmaking lower house of parliament. Bhutto’s left-leaning Pakistan People’s Party won only 18 seats. She had ruled the previous parliament with a coalition government. President Farooq Leghari fired Bhutto’s government in November for alleged corruption.
Sharif Sworn In as Prime Minister
From Times Wire Reports