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Coalition Conundrum: PPP Declines Cabinet Role Amid Government Formation Talks

The process of government formation at the federal level encountered a setback as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) reiterated its refusal to participate in the federal cabinet, further complicating the coalition dynamics.

This development transpired subsequent to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) setting forth conditions for the formation of the government at the center. Sources revealed that the PML-N proposed an inclusive cabinet comprising all coalition parties, including the PPP.

In response, PPP sources clarified that while the party would extend support to the PML-N’s nominee for prime minister, its members would abstain from holding any ministerial portfolios within the federal cabinet.

The PPP’s stance stems from its dissatisfaction with what it perceives as the PML-N’s biased conduct during the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) tenure. Sources cited instances where PPP members were allegedly overlooked in development projects for their constituencies, exacerbating existing tensions within the coalition.

Earlier in the day, the PML-N floated a power-sharing formula advocating the involvement of all coalition parties in the cabinet, signaling a proactive approach towards fostering unity among coalition partners.

It is noteworthy that no single party commands sufficient parliamentary strength to independently form the federal government. With 266 general seats in the National Assembly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed independent candidates lead with 93 seats, followed by the PML-N with 75.

The PPP secured victory in 54 constituencies, while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) clinched 17 seats. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) secured four seats, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) three seats, and the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) won two seats. Moreover, eight independent candidates emerged victorious in the elections, further fragmenting the political landscape.

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