Opposition decides to field candidates for PM, speaker, deputy speaker

August 2, 2018





The opposition parties have decided to field a joint candidate for the election of the prime minister in National Assembly.

The move is aimed at blocking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from electing the party chief Imran Khan as country’s prime minister.

The PTI won 121 out of 272 National Assembly seats in the general election.

The opposition parties took the decision after a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday.

The meeting finalized the names of the opposition's joint candidates for the posts of prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker.

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The meeting was attended by representatives of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, National Party and others.

“Our candidate for the post of prime minister will be from PML-N. The candidate for speaker’s seat will be PPP and the candidate for deputy speaker’s slot will be from MMA,” PPP leader Sherry Rehman told the media after the meeting.

We will jointly contest the elections for prime minister and play the role of a strong opposition, she said.

Rehman said a 16-member committee had been formed to decide the future course of action about the protests, which she said ‘will be held inside and outside the parliament’.