Pakistan’s newly-elected National Assembly on Monday elected Sardar Ayaz Sadiq‚ candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Sadiq secured 258 votes of a total 313 polled in the 342-member of the National Assembly, Lower House of the parliament, the outgoing Speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza announced.
Sadiq’s Shehryar Afridi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf bagged 31 votes and the candidate of Mutahida Qaumi Movement’s Iqbal Qadri got 23 votes, Dr Mirza said.
Hours before the election, the outgoing Pakistan Peoples Party withdrew its candidates for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly or Lower House of the Parliament.
Jamait ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), independent members from the tribal regions and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) supported the PML-N candidate for the offices of Speaker.
The outgoing speaker congratulated the new speaker and also said she is happy that she is transferring the position to Sadiq.
“I always upheld decorum of the National Assembly and adopted a balanced approach during of my five years as Speaker,” Dr Mirza said in her speech.
The newly-elected Speaker took oath from the outgoing speaker.
The PML-N lawmakers chanted slogans in favour of the parry and the new speaker.
The new Speaker will preside over the National Assembly’s session to elect the Deputy Speaker of the house.