In this photo released by the National Assembly, the leader of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan, left, greets speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected Qaiser, an ally of Khan, to be its next speaker on Wednesday, paving the way for the former cricket star and longtime politician to become the next prime minister. (National Assembly, via AP)

Pakistani lawmakers gather to elect Imran Khan as PM

August 17, 2018 - 7:19 am

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers are gathering in the National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament to elect the former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country's prime minister.

The vote in parliament is due on Friday afternoon. Khan is assured to win, following his party's victory in last month's general elections.

The populist Tehrik-e-Insaf party got most seats in the July 25 vote but fell short of a majority in the 342-seat house. It has since acquired backing of a total of 180 lawmakers. He needs 172 votes to be appointed to the post.

Khan's only challenger could be Shahbaz Sharif, but his Pakistan Muslim League party won only 92 seats in last month's elections.

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