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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Nawaz Sharif to take PM.

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif will take oath as prime minister in the evening of June 5 after earlier same day getting elected as leader of the House, Geo News reported.

President Asif Ali Zardari will administer the oath to Nawaz Sharif.

Polling will be held in the national assembly for election of the leader of the House and Muslim League-Nawaz (ML-N) president Nawaz Sharif is likely to get elected as leader of the House.

Following election of the leader of the House, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will take oath as prime minister in the presidency. The oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected prime minister will be held on June 5 at 5.00 P.M.

Invitation letters for the oath-taking ceremony has been issued by the presidency. Parliament members, superior court judges, chiefs of the armed forces, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries will be attending the ceremony.

Wednesday with small cabinet.

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif is expected to be sworn in for a record third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister tomorrow with a very small cabinet comprising close aides shortly after he is formally elected to the post.

Sharif's election in the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament is a foregone conclusion as his PML-N party has over 180 members in the 342-member strong House. 

The election of the Prime Minister will be done by a division of the House. 

63-year-old Sharif's nomination papers for the election to the post were submitted by PML-N leaders Ishaq DarKhwaja Asif and Abdul Qadir Baloch this afternoon. 

Contesting the election against Sharif are Javed Hashmi of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and the Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the Pakistan Peoples Party, which led the previous government. Their nomination papers were also filed on Tuesday. 

Sharif is expected to retain the crucial foreign affairs and defence portfolios with himself for his third stint as premier. 

Though reports have suggested that less than 20 ministers will be sworn in along with Sharif on June 5, PML-N insiders told PTI that the cabinet could be limited to only 8 to 10 members and would comprise only close aides holding key portfolios. 

"At a later stage, the Prime Minister could expand the cabinet after the (Islamic month) of Ramzan. In the initial phase, only top PML-N leaders and close aides of Mr Sharif will be accommodated in the cabinet," said a PML-N leader who did not want to be named. 

Sources said Sharif is expected to keep his cabinet small for various reasons, including the new government's desire to cut spending and lobbying within the party for key portfolios. 

"All groups within the party and influential leaders will have to be accommodated. Then there are leaders from Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces, where the PML-N is not in power, and they will also have to be taken care of," a source said.