Balochistan Assembly votes Bizenjo in as new CM

Balochistan Assembly’s former deputy speaker Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was elected the new chief minister of the province on Saturday.

PML-Q’s Bizenjo was voted in as the third chief minister of Balochistan in four years in a session of the provincial assembly. He was elected after former CM Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri stepped down from his post last week.

Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party’s (PkMAP) Agha Syed Liaqat Ali was the only contestant against Bizenjo as Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal of his party stepped down in his favour.

Balochistan Assembly Speaker Rahila Durrani made the announcement of Bizenjo’s victory after the process of voting formally ended.

On Friday, Bizenjo, an MPA from Awaran, submitted five nomination papers each proposed and seconded by members of the allied parties.

He was proposed by Mr Jamali, Sardar Bhootani, Dr Ruquyia Saeed Hashmi, Mr Zehri and Mr Badini, and seconded by Mr Bugti, Mr Notezai, Prince Ahmed Ali, Mir Aamir Khan Rind and Molvi Maazullah.

Zehri, the former chief minister of Balochistan stepped down last week after opposition benches filed a motion of no-confidence against him. He turned in his resignation on January 9, the day when opposition parties planned to submit a no-confidence motion against him in the provincial assembly.

He was reportedly asked to resign ahead of the session to spare his party — the PML-N — further embarrassment on the matter. PM Abbasi advised Zehri to resign after the dissenting leaders rejected his invitations to discuss outstanding issues, sources within the PML-N told DawnNews.

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