Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of his PML (N) party
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif, who had to quit as prime minister after he was disqualified by his country’s supreme court, was today elected unopposed to the post of president of his eponymous party, the PML (N), according to reports.
As per sources, Sharif was elected unopposed, as no other party member submitted nomination papers to contest the election for the top party post.
Sharif (67) had to step down as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.
Under The Representation of Peoples Act 1976, a disqualified person could not hold an office of a party.
However, the legal hurdle in his way to become party chief was cleared on Monday when the National Assembly passed a controversial Election Bill 2017 that allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to head a political party.