India-born Hussain voted new Pak Prez

India-born Pakistani businessman Mamnoon Hussain,a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,was Tuesday elected as the 12th President of Pakistan after he trounced his lone opponent in a one-sided contest

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: July 31, 2013 12:52:35 am

India-born Pakistani businessman Mamnoon Hussain,a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,was Tuesday elected as the 12th President of Pakistan after he trounced his lone opponent in a one-sided contest.

Mamnoon,73,will be sworn in on September 9 at the presidential palace due to be vacated by incumbent Asif Ali Zardari,who is stepping down at the end of his five-year term.

Mamnoon emerged as a clear winner in the contest with ex-judge Wajihuddin Ahmed of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party,state media reported.

Pakistan Peoples Party had withdrawn its candidate Raza Rabbani and boycotted the election protesting change of poll dates from August 6 to July 30 on Supreme Court’s directions.

Lawmakers from both houses of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies voted in the two-man race for the top post.

The polling started at 10 am amid tight security arrangements and was over by 3 pm.

According to the unofficial results,277 votes were cast from the Senate and National Assembly in favour of Mamnoon. Mamnoon required 263 votes to win,a target his party was in a position to comfortably achieve.

Thirty-four votes were polled in favour of Ahmed,while three votes were rejected by polling staff.

Born in the historic city of Agra,Mamnoon,who belongs to an Urdu-speaking ethnic group that migrated from India during partition in 1947,was the candidate of ruling PML-N government.

Mamnoon,who will be president for five years,resigned from the PML-N soon after the election results were announced.

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