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Shehbaz Sharif elected PML-N’s permanent president unopposed

ISLAMABAD  – Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday has been elected as permanent president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) unopposed.

The decision was taken during a session of Central General Council in Islamabad.

Sources told that no one from the party had submitted nomination papers in contest with Shehbaz Sharif however, the formal announcement will be made afterwards.

Meanwhile, Chairman Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Mahmood Virk said that the final list will be issued after scrutiny of the papers.

Earlier on February 28, Central Working Committee of the ruling PML-N decided to elect Shehbaz Sharif as party’s acting president.

The important decision was taken a week after the Supreme Court ordered that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court disqualified him as the country’s leader over unreported income.

Sharif is also being tried by a separate anti-corruption court on other charges – proceedings ordered by the Supreme Court last July – and could face jail when that trial winds up as soon as next month.

February 21 order overturned a legal amendment by PML-N lawmakers allowing Sharif to remain party president despite being disqualified from public office by the Supreme Court for failing to declare monthly income of 10,000 Emirati dirham ($2,723) from a company owned by his son.

Sharif denies any wrongdoing and has said his family fortune was obtained legally.

Sharif’s party retains a majority in the National Assembly and has vowed it will be vindicated in elections held this year, in which his brother Shehbaz Sharif is likely to be the prime ministerial candidate.

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