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Balochistan Assembly meets today to elect new leader of house

Balochistan Assembly meets today to elect new leader of house

Bizenjo was sworn in as the CM and the oath was administered at governer house by Mehmood Achakzai. Fourteen cabinet members also took the oath administered by the Balochistan governor.

Members of the Balochistan Assembly are all set to elect the new leader of the house today with Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, the opposition-treasury consensus candidate, enjoying enough support to become the new chief minister of Balochistan. Ali secured 13 votes.

He thanked the House for electing him as Leader of the House with an overwhelming majority.

Thousands of policemen were deployed around the assembly hall on Saturday, and surrounding roads were also sealed off for regular traffic.

Meanwhile, PkMAP chairman has announced to take action against MPA Manzoor Kakar for casting his vote against the party policy.

Bizenjo was voted in as the third chief minister in four years. He was the former deputy speaker of the assembly and had played a key role in the ouster of Sanaullah Zehri, a former PML-N CM, who had to step down last week after opposition benches filed a motion of no-confidence against him.

A total 54 votes were polled by the lawmakers and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party's (PkMAP) Agha Syed Liaquat Ali bagged 13 votes.




The newly appointed CM said that he wanted the bureaucracy to keep pace with the measures he wanted to implement to solve the problems of the people in the province.

Bizenjo belongs to the troubled Awaran district of Balochistan and was elected on a PML-Q ticket during general elections 2013.

Balochistan Assembly Speaker Rahila Durrani announced Bizenjo's victory after the process of voting formally ended.

During the Senate election in 2015, Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali quit the ruling PML-N and tendered his resignation from his post just before a no-trust motion was tabled against him.

The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo. In order to retain his position as chief minister, Zehri required the support of 33 members from a house of 65.

A no-confidence motion was submitted against Zehri on January 2 by MPAs Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza and had the signatures of 14 lawmakers.


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