İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-01.08.2017- Pakistani Parliament will vote for new PM on Tuesday.
On Friday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to dismiss Prime Minister Nawaz Sherif due to lack of explanation about his income. Following, supporters of the opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI), organized a parade as it was ‘’thanks giving day’’.
Meanwhile, Sharif announced former oil minister and his ally from the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PLM-N), Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as the leader of interim government and pointed his brother Shahbaz as his long-term successor. Later, Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain and Parliament convened.
Also, Sharif asserted that his opponents use Supreme Court to topple him down, interrupt economic development and growing economy which are the main proofs of his success as PM. Sharif told to his fellows in the party "Wheel of development is moving and may God keep it rolling and may it never stop" on Saturday night.
Moreover, Miftah Ismail, a senior PML-N official and Sharif ally said "We wanted to make sure there is a smooth transfer of power and no constitutional crisis".
On the other hand, Pakistan’s opposition leader, Imran Khan, called the situation as ‘’a chance for real democracy’’ and said “We are thankful to the judiciary because with their judgment, they brought us a new hope”. Additionally, he reminded their accusations against Sharif regarding Panama Papers and stated “When we decided to move against Nawaz in the Panama case, everyone said it was a mistake because in the past, the powerful and mighty ones have been protected. But today I salute the court for giving hope to people for a new Pakistan”.
Sharif's PML-N party holds a majority with 188 seats in the 342-member parliament. Therefore, it would be easier for them to impose their choice. In addition to these, there is a signifant coincidance here. Since the independence from British colonial rule, in 1947, no PM could be able to complete his term. Undoubtedly, this would emerge questions about democratic sturcture in the country which has a rising importance in world politics especially after political and military wiggles in Asia. Pakistan is a very valuable figure for political balance in the region.