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Imran to take oath as prime minister on Aug 18

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will take oath as the next prime minister of the country on Aug 18, party senator Faisal Jawed said on Friday. 

President Mamnoon Hussain has already summoned the first session of the National Assembly after the July 25 polls, setting in motion the process of transfer of power to the newly elected representatives.

Mr Jawed said the prime minister-in-waiting will take the oath of his new office on Aug 18.

The president will administer the oath to Khan at a simple and austere ceremony.

On the first day of the NA session on Monday, the new elected members of the lower house of parliament will take oath of their office. The oath will be followed by the elections of the speaker, the deputy speaker and then the leader of the house.

As per procedure, if a party has a clear majority or the magical number of 172 votes, it can easily elect the Leader of the House in the National Assembly.

The PTI emerged as the single largest party with 115 seats in the 2018 general elections but fell short of a clear majority in the 342-member house.

According to the Constitution, if the PTI chief manages to secure 172 or more votes in the first round, the president is bound to call him to take the oath as the country’s next prime minister.

In case, a candidate doesn’t get the required number in the house, then there will be a second round of voting between the top two contestants for the slot. In this round, the winner will not need at least 172 votes but the contender who gets the majority of votes will be elected leader of the lower house.

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