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I will ensure supremacy of the Parliament:PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf

Raja Pervez Ashraf elected PM with-211-votes

Islamabad:Newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday invited the opposition for reconciliation and vowed to ensure supremacy of the Parliament, strengthen democracy and hold free, fair and transparent elections.

Powers to all the institutions flow from the Parliament. The Parliament manifests aspirations of the people and we shall ensure that nobody exercises this right of the Parliament and the people, he said in his maiden speech after election as Prime Minister.
Some undemocratic minds try to belittle democracy and the people of Pakistan. This is an irresponsible thinking that the country can be run against the aspirations of the people,” he added.

Recounting the sacrifices of his leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the newly-elected Prime Minister also pledged to tread on the path of leaders and make every effort to strengthen the democratic institutions and respect the will of people.

Earlier Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate Raja Pervaiz Asharf on Friday was elected as the 25th Prime Minister of the country, defeating Sardar Mehtab Abbasi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.“Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has got 211 votes. Sardar Mehtab Abbasi has got 89 votes. So Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is declared to be elected as Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” announced Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza who presided over the hour-long voting process.Pervaiz Ashraf was one of the three candidates the PPP had fielded to contest for coveted prime ministerial slot as two others were Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Qamar Zaman Kaira.Shahabuddin, the unanimous nominee was dropped after Anti-Narcotics Force Rawalpindi issued his arrest warrants for his alleged involvement in allowing the import of controlled Ephedrine drug during his tenure as health minister.

Categorically rejecting the possibility of early general elections, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Abdul Rehman Malik on Friday said the government would complete its mandated five years term. Ex-PM
Gilani congratulates Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on winning election as PM.

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