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Asif Ali Zardari Elected As Pakistan President For Second Time

He additionally defeated Mahmood Khan Achakzai within the Punjab meeting.

Islamabad:

Pakistan Peoples Social gathering co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari was elected as Pakistan’s 14th President on Saturday, turning into the pinnacle of state for a second time.

Zardari, 68, was the joint candidate of the Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) whereas his rival Mahmood Khan Achakzai, 75, was the candidate of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC).

He obtained 255 votes whereas his opponent obtained 119 votes within the Nationwide Meeting and the Senate.

The brand new president was elected by the electoral school of the newly elected members of the Nationwide Meeting and the 4 provincial assemblies, as per the provisions of the Structure.

Within the Sindh Meeting, the place Zardari’s PPP is on the helm, he bagged probably the most votes whereas he additionally swept the Balochistan Meeting votes bagging all votes polled there.

He additionally defeated Achakzai within the Punjab meeting.

Within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa meeting, the place SIC/PTI has the federal government, Achakzai obtained probably the most votes towards Zardari.

A businessman-turned-politician, Zardari is the husband of slain Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari would exchange the incumbent Dr Arif Alvi, whose five-year time period ended final yr. Nonetheless, he has continued for the reason that new electoral school was not but fashioned.

Zardari, who served because the president from 2008 to 2013, may also be the primary civilian to be elected for the second time as president. He’s anticipated to be sworn in on Sunday.

Achakzai is the pinnacle of his Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Social gathering (PkMAP) and was contesting from the platform of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), which got here to prominence after unbiased candidates backed by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf joined it.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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