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Punjab Assembly session starts to elect new Chief Minister: PML(N) claims support of 200 MPAs, PTI-Q League claim 189 members support

Hamza Shehbaz is claiming support of 200 MPAs while Chaudhry Pervez Elahi claims backing of 189 MPAs.

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The session of Punjab Assembly has started to elect the new Chief Minister for the Punjab province. PML(N) leader Hamza Shehbaz and PTI-Q League leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi are the candidates for the position of CM Punjab.

The session where the members of the Punjab Assembly will vote to elect the new provincial chief will be chaired by Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari.

A tough competition is expected between the two candidates — Hamza Shahbaz and Parvez Elahi. Hamza is the joint candidate of PML-N and other coalition parties, while PML-Q’s Elahi is being backed by dissident PTI members.

The April 16 session is being held in line with the LHC’s Wednesday order, wherein it rejected Hamza’s plea to hold the early elections and restored the powers of the deputy speaker.

The deputy speaker — whose powers were withdrawn last week — was asked by the court to hold the election on April 16.

Javed Mahmood
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