Pakistan’s interim government to transfer power June 5

Islamabad, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan’s interim government will transfer power to the new government June 5, a cabinet minister said Monday.

Information Minister Arif Nizami said that the interim government will relinquish responsibilities on the same day, reported Xinhua.

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Nizami said the members-elect of the National Assembly will take oath June 1.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has sent an advice to the president to summon the Assembly Saturday, the prime minister’s office said.

The elections for the speaker of National Assembly and deputy speaker will be held June 3 through secret ballot. Nizami said outgoing Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza will chair these sessions till the oath of the new Speaker of the House.

He said the new speaker may reschedule the further programme but most probably the elections for the Leader of the House will be held June 4.

It is for the first time that a caretaker set-up conducted free, fair and transparent elections, he said.

According to the constitution, the caretaker government is bound to summon the house up to June 2 in which newly elected members will take oath.

The house after completing this process will elect the new prime minister.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which won a landslide victory in the May 11 elections has nominated Nawaz Sharif as candidate for the leader of the house while Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf has nominated Javed Hashmi for the slot.

Pakistan Peoples Party has decided to sit in the opposition. It has not yet decided to take part in the race for the leader of the house.

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