Bizenjo elected as new chief minister of Balochistan


His party had just five members in the house of 65. The political crisis has been intensified by speculation, widely circulated in media, that elements of Pakistan's powerful military were behind efforts to destabilise the region and possibly dissolve the assembly ahead of the senate polls due around March, and the general elections in mid-2018.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party member Agha Liaquat vied for the top office of the province. Addressing a joint news conference in Quetta, Deputy Opposition Leader in the provincial assembly, Engineer Zamruk Khan Achakzai along with other coalition partners hoped that the nominated Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo would establish peace and security in the province and address the public issues.

The session of the house is being headed by speaker Raheela Durrani.

The crisis heightened with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers to chief minister Zehri.

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Abdul Quddus Bizenjo at the Balochistan Assembly on Saturday.

Bizenjo from Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is the former deputy speaker of the assembly and played role in the ouster of Zehri.

In PB-41, the turnout was 1.18 per cent, while only 672 people cast their vote.

"I will use the short time given to me to find solutions to the problems of citizens and will try to boost good governance", he added.

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The cabinet members include: Tahir Mehmood Khan, Sardar Sarfraz Khan Domki, Nawaz Jangez Khan Marri, Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Rahat Jamali, Abdul Majeed Abro, Asim Kurd Giloo, Mir Amir Rind, Ghulam Dastagir Badini, Muhammad Akbar Askani, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, Agha Raza, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar and Prince Ahmed Ali.

"The water scarcity in Quetta will also be addressed on priority basis", Bizenjo said.

"Zehri resigned with grace and upheld the democratic traditions in Balochistan", the CM said.

The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo. He was elected after former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri stepped down from his post last week.

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