Imran Khan elected Pakistan PM, to take oath tomorrow

Pakistani MPs elect Imran Khan as prime minister for the next five years

Former cricket legend Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistan Prime Minister

MPs in Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected former cricket legend Imran Khan as the country's new prime minister on Friday, paving the way for him to form a coalition government.

The PTI has heralded the election win - the first time anyone other than the PML-N, the PPP or the country's powerful military has ruled Pakistan in more than four decades - as "the end of an era".

Addressing the house amid a ruckus by PML-N members and cheering by PTI legislators, a charged Khan said: "I promise my nation today that we will bring the tabdeeli (change) that this nation was starving for".

Khan needed a simple majority of 172 to take power.

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Khan's PTI won the July 25 election, but did not have enough seats for an outright majority, forcing its leader to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.

Opposition parties allege Mr Khan's path to power was made easier by tacit support of Pakistan's powerful military, which has ruled the country for almost half its history. The army and Khan have denied the claims.

Sparking controversy, South African comedian-TV host Trevor Noah in the latest episode of American show "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", dubbed Imran Khan as Pakistan's Donald Trump.

Mr. Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes. "You had said that if rigging in 2013 elections would be proven, Nawaz Sharif's government should resign". "I don't belong to any political family nor was I brought up by a military dictator", he said.

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Khan shot back that he had "struggled 22 years" to become premier.

No Pakistani premier has ever completed a five-year term in office, including three-time premier Sharif, whose most recent stint in power was ended by the Supreme Court last year.

Earlier this week Asad Umar, widely expected to be appointed Finance Minister, told the English-language Dawn newspaper that Pakistan turning to the International Monetary Fund would be a "fallback option" and that all other possibilities are being explored.

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