Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as new PM

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It garnered nearly 17 million votes, trouncing the Pakistan Muslim League, the incumbent governing party of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with just under 13 million ballots.

Votes secured by Imran Khan are the same as were polled by the party candidate for election of the Speaker. "I promise to my God that everyone who looted this country will be made accountable".

The announcement of Khan's election came amid protests from opposition lawmakers who shouted slogans denouncing alleged electoral fraud during the July 25 election. The army and Khan's PTI deny any collusion. His only rival, Shahbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won 96 votes, Qaiser said, with some opposition parties including the third-largest Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) abstaining from the vote. In another clip, one news presenter points out how Khan contradicts himself while making political statements - something that the U.S. president has also been accused of time and again.

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After being elected as the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, in his first address to the 15th National Assembly, on Friday, promised the nation that he would bring in the change that his country was hoping and praying for.

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"I am here after 22 years of struggle".

Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N, now led by Sharif's brother Shehbaz, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of military rule.

Imran Khan will be sworn in on Saturday, 18th August. "No military dictator raised me".

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

Among his first challenges will be to decide whether to request an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout to ease currency pressures, or seek support from China and risk deepening Pakistan's economic dependence on its neighbor.

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