Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, replacing ousted veteran leader Nawaz Sharif. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
A close ally of Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now the country's leader. Pakistani lawmakers electing former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the role on Tuesday (August 1). Sharif was forced out of power last week when the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. A charge he denies. The three-time premier's downfall plunged the nuclear-armed nation into political turmoil and Sharif nominated staunch ally Abbasi as interim leader. The speedy transition an effort to project stability. But Abbasi's tenure is also expected to be brief, perhaps as short as two months. He's seen as warming the seat for Sharif's brother Shabaz who is expected to be the successor once he becomes eligible. Currently he's the chief minister of the vast Punjab province. But needs to fight a parliamentary by-election before other lawmakers can elect him as their leader. The plan is already sparking anger among supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan, who has accused the Sharifs of trying to turn Pakistan into a personal fiefdom.