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New Balochistan CM promises healthcare, education and clean drinking water

New Balochistan CM promises healthcare, education and clean drinking water

Following the ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office in a corruption scam a year ago, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered another major blow on Saturday when Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a candidate of its rival party, was elected CM of the restive southwestern Balochistan province.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party's (PkMAP) Agha Syed Liaqat Ali was the only contestant against Bizenjo after Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal of PkMAP party stepped down in his favour.

The candidates required at least 33 votes in the 65-member assembly for victory.

The members of the new cabinet are Tahir Mehmood, Sardar Sarfraz Domki, Jangez Marri, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Mrs Rahat Jamali, Abdul Majeed Abro, Asim Kurd Giloo, Amir Rind, Ghulam Dastagir Dadini, Akbar Askani, Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhail, Agha Raza, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar and Prince Ahmed Ali.

Today, Balochistan has elected the third chief executive in a span of around four and a half years and the latest selection comes on the heels of resignation by Sanauallah Zehri, who assumed the post in December 2015, however, relinquished the charge owing to a no-trust move tabled against him by disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators as well as opposition parties.

PM Abbasi had reportedly advised Zehri to resign after dissenting leaders rejected his invitation to discuss outstanding issues, sources within the PML-N had said.

Speaking to media reporters, Bizenjo said that he would come up to the expectations of the parties who had expressed their confidence in him.

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It's for the first time in the history of Balochistan and probably also of the country that a province will have a third chief minister in a single tenure of a provincial assembly.

Bizenjo was born in Awaran on January 1, 1974, and contested elections for the first time in 2002.

Speaker Raheela Hameed Durrani made the official announcement.

He was nominated as deputy speaker of the provincial assembly in June 2013 when PML-Q joined the PML-N led four-party coalition regime.

Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran after receiving only 544 votes from the constituency.

On January 2, Bizenjo and 14 like-minded members of Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N, triggering a political crisis in the province.

New Balochistan cabinet members take oath.


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