Pakistan lawmakers elect new PM
- Published: 22 Jun 2012 at 22.27
- Online news:
MPs elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as Pakistan's new prime minister Friday, in a bid to end a crisis sparked by judges ousting the premier and demanding the arrest of his would-be successor.
The national assembly rubber stamped Ashraf's appointment by 211 votes in the 342-member lower house of parliament, dominated by the main ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and its fractious coalition members.
"Raja Pervez Ashraf is declared to be elected as prime minister of the Islamic republic of Pakistan,'' speaker Fehmida Mirza announced.
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