Islamabad: Pakistan’s newly-elected National Assembly will meet on Friday to elect the PM, as cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan’s victory has become almost certain after a rift emerged in the grand opposition alliance over the candidature of PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif.

Khan, 65, the chairman of the PTI, and PML-N president Sharif have filed nominations for the top slot of the leader of the house.

The scrutiny of their papers was carried out in the office of the speaker. The papers of both leaders were accepted.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said the Parliament session will begin at 3.30pm on Friday to elect the new PM. The voting will be held in open through division of members in different galleries designated for different candidates.

The PM-elect will take oath on August 18. PTI was the single largest party with 116 seats. Its tally rose to 125 after nine Independents joined it and final figure was 158 after it got 28 of the 60 seats reserved for women and five out of 10 seats reserved for minorities.

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