Pakistan's 2024 Election: Shehbaz Sharif Challenges Imran Khan's Reign

Posted on 23 February 2024

Two of Pakistan's major political parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), have agreed to form a coalition government after the recent elections resulted in a hung National Assembly, failing to produce a clear majority. PMLN President Shehbaz Sharif confirmed they have secured the necessary support to establish a government, following 10 days of negotiations since the February 8 elections.

Following the coalition announcement, 
Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) accused the PPP and PMLN of usurping their mandate. Shehbaz Sharif, who succeeded Khan after a 2022 no-confidence vote, faces accusations of politically motivated convictions aimed at barring Khan from office. Additionally, the PML-N and PPP have nominated former President Asif Ali Zardari of the PPP as their candidate for president in the upcoming elections to replace outgoing President Arif Alvi.

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