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Pakistan's Shehbaz Sharif elected PM as Khan's party boycotts vote

Large protests signal uphill battle for new leader China sees as 'old friend'

Pakistan's Shehbaz Sherif speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court on April 7, days before he was selected the country's new prime minister.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's National Assembly on Monday elected Shehbaz Sharif to serve as prime minister, capping a stunning political reversal after Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote over the weekend.

The joint opposition leader, 70, was chosen with 174 votes in the 342-seat chamber. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party boycotted the election and announced that its members would resign from the assembly en masse.

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