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Veteran: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Veteran: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

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Veteran: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan's lower house of parliament has elected veteran politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's prime minister.

He is a loyalist of outgoing Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court for concealing assets.

Mr Abbasi, of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, got 221 votes in the 342-member National Assembly.

Closest rival Syed Naveed Qamar, from the opposition Pakistan People's Party, secured 47 votes, according to Ayaz Sadiq, the National Assembly Speaker.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, a politician from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, founded by ex-cricketer Imran Khan, got 33 votes.

Belfast Telegraph