Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Negotiations begin: PPP contacts group of independent senators

Negotiations begin: PPP contacts group of independent senators

Punjab as the most populous state has 52 votes per senate seat from its provincial assembly while Baluchistan, the least populated, only has 9 votes.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan, a former cricketing star who is one of the front-runners to become prime minister in general elections scheduled this year after Sharif's disqualification, did not cast his vote. Both PML-N and PPP are in talks with the like-minded parties to forge an alliance. Shahbaz has done heavy groundwork there, riding on his past as the province's governor.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) claims to have the support of eight senators from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for the coveted slot of chairman and deputy chairman of the Upper House of Parliament.

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National elections are due later this year and PML-N's renewed control of the Senate could allow them to amend the constitution to enable Sharif to hold office again.

Last month a Pakistan court removed Sharif as head of PML-N, while a number of candidates linked to the former prime minister were also disqualified from running under the party's name.

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Those candidates, who will be running as 'independents, are expected to pledge their allegiance to the PML-N if they are elected to the senate, PML-N party officials say.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to announce offical results on Sunday.

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