Pakistani lawmakers to elect next PM on August 18

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

"(My party) wants to build a relationship with United States based on trust and mutual respect and hence our government will engage with make this relationship more balanced and trustworthy", Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said in a statement late on Wednesday, attributing comments to Khan.

The Indian high commissioner said that after Prime Minister Modi's telephone call to Imran, there was a new optimism in India that relations would move forward in the right direction.

Khan is poised to become the Prime Minister as the PTI has claimed the support of at least 180 lawmakers in the house of 342, including 272 which went to the polls on July 25.

PTI on Monday had formally announced Khan as the new Pakistan Prime Ministerial candidate.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of Pakistan accepted the unconditional written apology from Khan for violating the secrecy of the ballot, removing the last possible hurdle in his swearing-in. TV footage showed Khan, accompanied by his friends and supporters, publicly stamping his ballot paper on the presiding officer's table, forcing the ECP to take action against him.

Mr Awan also sought an end to the case and requested the Pak election commission to issue the notification for Mr Khan's victory from NA-53 Islamabad constituency. "I was told to put my ballot on a table and stamp it when I asked the staffers present there about where to mark the ballot", he told the Election Commission.

The newly-elected members of the National Assembly will take oath at 10 am on August 13, after which the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly will be elected through secret voting, according to Chaudhry.

According to Section 185 of the Election Act, a person can be given a six-month jail sentence and/or fine of Rs 1,000 for not casting their vote in secrecy.

Khan brings charisma and global name recognition, but running the country will take considerable statecraft from his relatively inexperienced party.

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