Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Pakistani ruling party gains control of senate

Pakistani ruling party gains control of senate

Sharif has been at odds with the country's judiciary since the high court forced him from power previous year.

ISLAMABAD:Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), had completed many development and welfare projects so far. Both PML-N and PPP are in talks with the like-minded parties to forge an alliance.

Pakistan's four provinces each have the same number of senate seats, but senators' votes are weighted by population.

"PMLN now the single largest party in Senate as well, Masha'Allah", Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister's daughter tweeted, according to Reuters.

Candidates from the PPP won 12 seats. The PML-N hasn't controlled the Senate in 18 years.

In a statement, Shahbaz Sharif congratulated the ruling party on clinching a victory in Sargodha by-polls, and said that the public believes in PML-N's leadership and its policies.

Winning control of the Senate could enable the PML-N to change the constitution to make Sharif eligible to hold office again when the party contests a national election due later this year. The party hasn't spoken about amending the constitution but it has been at odds with the judiciary since the Supreme Court ousted Sharif from power.

Sharif has been deeply critical of the judiciary, accusing it of a conspiracy to hurt his party and Pakistan's civilian leaders.

Unlike the last Senate election in 2015, lawmakers were prohibited from taking their phones into the assemblies during the vote.

These candidates ran as "independents" with the official results of the vote not showing their links to the PML-N, but does give the party effective control over the upper house.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Tuesday claimed to have won the support of eight Fata senators after a meeting of Dr Qayyum Soomro and Salim Mandviwala with the newly elected independent members.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to announce offical results on Sunday.

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