Raja Parvez Asharaf has been elected as the 25th Prime Minister of Pakistan

 Raja Pervez Ashraf  and David A. Lipton, Assistant to U.S. President Obama


Raja Pervez Ashraf and David A. Lipton, Assistant to U.S. President Obama


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Raja Parvez Asharaf has been elected as the 25th Prime Minister of Pakistan.Following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani as premier and the issuance of arrest warrants for their first nominee Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Raja Pervez Ashraf had emerged as the main coalition’s preferred candidate as prime minister.

Ashraf is steeped in controversy. Currently fighting a corruption case from his tenure as water and power minister, he has also been blamed for much of the government’s inability to resolve a disastrous energy crisis.

Ashraf may also come under immediate pressure from the Supreme Court to write to Swiss authorities, asking them to reopen corruption investigations into President Asif Ali Zardari – refusal for which saw Gilani convicted of contempt.

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