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Imran Khan becomes Pakistan's prime minister

Imran Khan becomes Pakistan's prime minister

"I did not climb on any dictator's shoulders; I reached this place after struggling for 22 years".

No Pakistani premier has ever completed a five-year term in office, including Sharif, whose most recent stint in power was ended by the Supreme Court last year.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the third largest party in the house that joined the PML-N and others in an opposition alliance, withdrew its support for Shehbaz Sharif's candidature as Premier, days before the election and abstained from voting, Dawn online reported.

Social media is flooded with the words of appreciation, admiration for approbation for the newest and much younger opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto.

The election was branded "Pakistan's dirtiest", after widespread claims in the months leading up to it that the powerful military was trying to fix the playing field against the PML-N and in Khan's favor.

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"We have to have strict accountability in this country; the people who looted this country, I promise that I will work against them" and "the money that was laundered, I will bring it back - the money that should have gone towards health, education, and water, went into people's pockets" Khan pledged in continuation of his anti-corruption campaign.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan will take oath as Prime Minister at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad Saturday morning. His party PTI swept the General Elections 2018 winning majority of NA seats. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) came in third with 54 seats. "We will hold you accountable for stealing votes" firmly said Sharif and continued his diatribe over systematic election rigging hurling accusations.

Rival parties have alleged "blatant" vote-rigging, with several parliamentarians shouting protest slogans inside the assembly ahead of the vote.

An ally of Khan's, the PTI's Asad Qaiser, was earlier elected speaker of Pakistan's lower house, paving the way for Friday's vote when a simple majority made the former cricketing star the country's prime minister. "I have applied for government permission".