Shahbaz Sharif becomes Pakistan’s Prime Minister for first time

Sharif brothers' party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, won 80 out of 264 seats in the election, but their allies supported them for the prime ministership.

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ISLAMABAD, 4 March: Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the second consecutive time after his brother, Nawaz Sharif, refused to take office for the fourth time.

Shehbaz, 72, won the Premiership through a parliamentary vote to resume the seat he vacated in August.

He was chosen by his party and allies even though Nawaz Sharif had won the seat and was the favorite for the prime ministership.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, said through X that Nawaz Sharif does not want to run a coalition government because his previous three terms were with a clear majority.

Sharif brothers’ party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, won 80 out of 264 seats in the election, but their allies supported them for the prime ministership.

After ousting Imran Khan in 2022, Shahbaz Sharif formed a government with allies and managed to get a bailout from the IMF.

Pakistan continues to suffer from an economic crisis, with inflation hovering around 30 percent and economic growth falling to 2 percent.

The inflation rate fell to 23.1% in February compared to last year, possibly due to the base effect. Shahbaz Sharif will need a short-term bailout from the IMF to get Pakistan’s fragile economic situation back on track.

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