Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan

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Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan on Saturday took oath as Pakistan’s new prime minister.

Khan, who is the 22nd Prime Minister, was elected the day before in a confidence vote by the National Assembly.

The election for the top post became just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats abstained from voting following a rift over Sharif’s candidature. Khan secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes.

A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, former Indian cricket star Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja and Wasim Akram were present among others at the swearing in function.

After the ceremony, Khan proceeded to the Prime Minister’s Office, where he was presented a guard of honour.

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