Hamza Shehbaz got 197 votes, elected as CM Punjab
File photos of Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz

From Our Correspondent:

LAHORE: Hamza Shehbaz was elected as the Chief Minister of Punjab on Saturday. He got 197 votes. Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League (Q) staged a walkout from the provincial assembly session.

Hamza garnered 197 votes to beat Elahi — his rival, whose party PML-Q and ally PTI boycotted the election that began after more than five hours of delay following a number of altercations and melees on the floor of the House throughout the day.

Announcing the results of the election, the deputy speaker said the day represented a “success of democracy” and lauded the “positive role” of the MPAs who took part in the voting despite today’s events.

In his maiden speech as the chief minister of the province, Hamza said his victory belonged to every lawmaker still seated in the assembly and thanked his allies for their support.

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