Imran Khan to take oath on Aug. 18 as new Pakistani PM: party spokesman

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-11 01:11:29|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ISLAMABAD, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be sworn in on Aug. 18 as the new prime minister, a spokesman for Khan's party said on Friday.

Imran Khan's PTI, or Movement for Justice, had emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 parliamentary elections. The PTI now claims to have attained the support of the required lawmakers to elect Khan as the prime minister and form the next government.

Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for the PTI, said the cricketer-turned-politician Khan will take oath as the prime minister on Aug. 18 at a ceremony at the Presidency in the capital Islamabad.

He told reporters that preparations have been started for the swearing-in ceremony. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath to the new prime minister.

The president has summoned the session of National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament, to meet on Monday in which the newly-elected members will take the oath.

Outgoing Speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will administer the oath to the newly elected members.

This will be followed by the elections of the speaker, deputy speaker and leader of the house.

Shehbaz Sharif, president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has been fielded as the joint candidate by the opposition parties to challenge Imran Khan.