May 28, 2013 3:40:36 am
PML-N CHIEF Nawaz Sharif is set to become Pakistans prime minister for an unprecedented third term on June 5 with his party nominating him for the top post.
Officials said the formal election of new prime minister by members of National Assembly will be held on June 5. The first session of National Assembly will be convened on June 1. Soon after the House convenes,the newly-elected members will take oath.
PML-N officials said Sharifs election to the post will be a mere formality as the party has the required numbers in the National Assembly.
The final approval for Sharifs nomination will be made during a meeting of the PML-Ns parliamentary committee before the start of the first session of the new National Assembly.
Sharif had earlier served as premier during 1990-1993 and 1997-1999.
The PML-N won 126 of the 272 directly elected seats in the National Assembly in the May 11 general elections.
Eighteen independent candidates recently joined the party,taking its tally of directly elected seats to 144. The PML-N will also be allocated 37 reserved seats for women and non-Muslims.
Sources said the PML-N chief is initially expected to retain the foreign affairs and defence portfolios with himself.
Meanwhile,30 people were injured in riots against prolonged power outages in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Monday as the caretaker government scrambled to counter an energy crisis that has worsened with temperatures soaring across the country.
Improving the power situation in the country is one of Sharifs key poll promises.
Hundreds of protestors clashed with police in riot gear near Mirpur city of PoK when they were prevented from marching towards Mangla hydropower station on the Jhelum river.
TV footage showed policemen firing in the air and using teargas to disperse protestors. Media reports said parts of PoK had no power for 12 to 18 hours a day.
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