Qudoos Bizenjo of PML-Q elected as new Balochistan Chief Minister

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Pakistan by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Zardari and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had claimed after ex-CM Sanaullah Zehri's resignation that the new leader of the House would be a PPP member.

PakMAP's candidate Syed Liaquat Agha received 13 votes. Its MPAs Khalid Langove, Mujeebur Rehman and Fatah Buladi besides Pakhtunkhwa Mill Awami Party (PkMAP) MPA Manzoor Kakar voted for Bizenjo. Another PkMap candidate member Abdul Rahim Ziyaratwal, who had also filed his nominations, had withdrawn from the race.

Balochistan has elected the third chief executive in a span of around four and a half years and the latest selection comes on the heels of resignation by Sanauaalah Zehri, who assumed the post in December 2015, however, relinquished the charge owing to a no-trust move tabled against him by disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators as well as opposition parties.

After the in-house election, the new chief minister will take the oath of his office at 5 pm.

Elected to the Balochistan Assembly for the first time in 2002 from PB-41 Awaran, Bizenjo was sworn in as provincial minister for livestock and dairy development in Jam Yousuf's cabinet.

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Born in 1974, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo completed his initial education in his native town of Shindi located in remote Awaran tehsil, and secured a Master's degree in English from the University of Balochistan in 2000. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

On Wednesday, a group of opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly, announced they would not field a candidate for the leader of the House.

A political crisis developed in Balochistan following the no-confidence motion, with efforts stepped up by the PML-N, which has a government both in the centre and province, to defuse the situation. A number of ministers had resigned following the motion submitted against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri.

The biggest party, PML-N which has 21 members in the house, is in total disarray after the rebellion against Zehri.

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