Imran Khan defeats Shehbaz Sharif to become Pakistans 22nd Prime Minister

Imran Khan defeats Shehbaz Sharif to become Pakistans 22nd Prime Minister

Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Mr Sidhu arrived Lahore via the Wagah border from where he will travel to Islamabad to attend Mr Khan's oath-taking ceremony scheduled for tomorrow.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Friday defeated Shahbaz Sharif to become Pakistan's next prime minister after the grand opposition alliance fell apart over the PML-N chief's nomination for the top post.

Former Indian cricketer and Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Minister in the Punjab state government Navjot Singh Sidhu travelled to Pakistan today.

Votes secured by Imran Khan are the same as were polled by the party candidate for election of the Speaker.

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In a televised speech shortly after the July 25 elections, Imran Khan vowed to work for the poorest of poor and called for dialogue with India.

For the cricket legend-turned-politician, his party's first place in a national election and becoming country's prime minister, is the culmination of a battle that started more than two decades ago.

Sidhu chanted as he welcomed the "change" in the country brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.Khan is expected be sworn in as Prime Minister on August 18 after his party swept the July 25 general elections.

One member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), which contested elections under the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) banner, also abstained from voting for either candidate.

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