Abdul Quddus Bizenjo Elected New Cheif Minister Of Balochistan
The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday elected Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo as the new chief minister of the province, days after former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down ahead of a no-confidence motion against him.
Speaker Raheela Hameed Durrani made the official announcement.
The election took place amid beefed up security in and around the assembly building.
The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo, who secured 41 out of the total 51 votes casted, and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Syed Liaqat Ali , who bagged 13 votes.
Bizenjo is the third chief minister of the province in four and-a-half years.
Following the in-house election, the new leader of the house will take oath of his office at 5 pm. Governor Balochistan will administer the oath of office to the newly elected Chief Minister.
Bizenjo, besides his party, had the complete support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
The Pakistan Muslim League-Q candidate remained Deputy Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly from 2013-15.
National Party had not nominated any candidate neither announced support for any.
JUI-F’s Maulana Abdul Wasay, leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly, said the opposition would not join the new provincial government.
Balochistan National Party-Mengal chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal said they would continue to play their role for democratic forces in the country.