In this Monday, July 31, 2017 photo, Pakistan's premier-designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi the Parliament house in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Pakistan's lower house of Parliament Tuesday elected veteran lawmaker Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the new prime minister, less than a week after the Supreme Court disqualified thrice-elected Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets. Abbasi, a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, got 221 votes in the 342-member National Assembly. His closest rival Syed Naveed Qamar from the opposition Pakistan People's Party secured 47 votes, according to Ayaz Sadiq, the National Assembly Speaker. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, a lawmaker from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, founded by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, got 33 votes.Abbasi's rival candidates Qamar and Ahmed congratulated him on becoming the new prime minister.Meanwhile, a female lawmaker from Khan's party Tuesday quit the party, calling the party leader a "characterless person".
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