ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament chose a more Western-friendly politician, Shehbaz Sharif, as prime minister today, completing the ousting of predecessor Imran Khan in a political crisis that has sparked street protests and a mass resignation of lawmakers.
Sharif’s election brings to a close a week-long constitutional confrontation that climaxed yesterday when Khan lost a no-confidence vote, although the nuclear-armed nation is likely to remain prone to political and economic turbulence.
Sharif, 70, who has a reputation domestically as an effective administrator more than as a politician, is the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Analysts say Shehbaz, unlike Nawaz, enjoys amicable relations with Pakistan’s military, which traditionally controls foreign and defence policy in the country of 220 million people.
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