In a symbolic session of the provincial parliament held at a Lahore hotel on Wednesday, the combined opposition in the Punjab Assembly elected PML-N Hamza Shahbaz as the province’s new chief minister (CM). Shehbaz had previously served as deputy chief minister.
During the symbolic session, Hamza received the support of 199 members of the assembly who had gathered to do so.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz, who was in attendance at the session to express sympathy with the opposition leader, took to Twitter to say, “Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has been elected as Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab with 199 votes.” “Shukar Alhamdolillah,” says the narrator.
On April 3, Punjab Assembly Speaker Parvez Elahi appointed a panel of chairmen, which included members of the ruling party as well as members of the opposition party.
The symbolic session was presided over by Shazia Abid, who was also a member of the committee.
After two no-trust motions were submitted in the assembly secretariat today — one by the opposition against Speaker Elahi and another by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf against its own Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari – the session was called.
In a tweet following the session, PML-N spokeswoman Marriyam Aurangzeb stated that the party vice president “came down in tears while congratulating Hamza bhai” on his symbolic election as the province’s chief executive.