Pakistan stalemate ends, Sharif’s party seeks to get partner PPP to join cabinet | World News

Feb14,2024



ISLAMABAD: The political deadlock in Pakistan after inconclusive elections ended with Shehbaz Sharif re-elected to lead the country, while efforts got underway on Wednesday to include the second-largest party in the government to ensure stability. Were staying.
Sharif, 72, who was prime minister for 16 months until August, was late on Tuesday replaced by his elder brother Nawaz, founder and supremo of the largest Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), as the coalition candidate for the next prime minister. Named. Party in Parliament.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) The second-highest former foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, supported the option, but did not commit to joining the government, indicating that he would support a minority government from outside.
Pakistan's stock market surged as much as 2% on Wednesday on news that ended the impasse following the February 8 vote, with the benchmark index rising as much as 2% on Wednesday – its biggest such gain since delayed election results over the weekend.
Officials from both the PML-N and the PPP said they have formed internal committees to discuss the modalities of government formation and the agenda includes inclusion and inclusion of the PPP in the administration. wardrobe Post.
PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi said, “They are trying their level best but we are still not getting included in the cabinet.”
Analysts say Pakistan needs a stable government with political authority that is capable of taking tough decisions to help the country out of the economic crisis.
“Coalition governments cannot work on the principle that one partner bears the entire burden and the other partners watch the match from the sidelines and gallery,” PML-N general secretary Ahsan Iqbal told Geo TV late Tuesday night.
Asked about PPP joining the Sharif government, he said, “Everyone has to play the match together. That's why I hope it is a mature leadership that knows what problems the country is facing.” “
Questions about sustainability
The nuclear-armed nation of 241 million people is battling an economic crisis amid slow growth and record inflation as well as rising terrorist violence.
It narrowly avoided a sovereign default last summer with $3 billion in aid from the International Monetary Fund, but the lender's support is set to expire in March, which would then require a new, expanded program.
It will be important for the new government to negotiate a new program more quickly.
It may also face new political tensions with independent members of parliament, backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, the largest group in the legislature. The group is in conflict with the powerful military and alleges the voting was rigged.
The caretaker government and the Election Commission have rejected those allegations.
Khan is in prison on charges of corruption and revealing state secrets, and his party was barred from contesting elections, forcing members to contest as independents.
“Talks have begun between the PML-N and the PPP but forming a stable coalition administration will not be easy,” political commentator Zahid Hussain wrote in Dawn newspaper on Wednesday.
He wrote, “While showing support for the PML-N led government, the PPP has decided not to join the future administration. Its leadership seems to have realized that a weak coalition with dubious legitimacy will deliver results.” “I may not be able to.” ,



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