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Imran Khan elected new Pakistan PM, defeats rival Shahbaz Sharif

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    Islamabad, Aug 17: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has been elected the 22nd prime minister of Pakista, Dawn News reported.

    Imran Khan

    Dawn News reported that Khan won with 176 seats while his opponent, PML-N's Shahbaz Sharif, secured 96 votes in the polling that took place in the National Assembly on Friday.

    The election in the 15th National Assembly became just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats abstained from voting.

    Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes.

    Khan will take the oath tomorrow. A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

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