The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif informed his coalition partners during a dinner meeting on Thursday that the summary to dissolve the National Assembly would be moved on August 9. He assured them that he would begin consultations with the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz, starting Friday, to finalize a caretaker prime minister within two to three days.
The current assembly’s tenure will end on August 12, and if it completes its full term, elections will be held within 60 days.
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However, if the assembly is dissolved before its term ends, the Constitution mandates that elections must be held within 90 days.
ECP to conduct Polls
The Prime Minister’s plan to move the summary for dissolution on August 9 would require the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to conduct polls within 90 days.
Before the National Assembly dissolution, both the government and the opposition need to agree on a caretaker prime minister.
A five-member committee of the PML-N was formed last month to consult with political parties and groups constituting the incumbent government for the selection of a caretaker premier and the assembly’s dissolution.
During a live broadcast address, Prime Minister Shehbaz emphasized that his coalition government, during its 15 months in power, had saved the state and dealt with challenges left behind by the PTI government.
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He expressed the commitment to bring in a caretaker prime minister acceptable to all stakeholders and mentioned that his government would step down in the coming days.
He also thanked parliamentarians and praised the National Assembly Speaker and Senate Chairman for their work in running the house.