On Monday, Pakistan’s National Assembly named Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s 23rd Prime Minister. This decision comes after a political upheaval in the country, which led to Imran Khan being dethroned from the position in a no-confidence motion two days ago.
Pakistan’s economy is currently in a dire situation and will be one of the biggest challenges for Shehbaz. However, he has maintained good relations with the country’s Army and is also with China. Reportedly, his opinion of the US is also very different from that of Khan. Overall, he is seen as someone who believes in mainlining healthy foreign policy with Western countries.
Shehbaz Sharif, who joined politics in late-80s, is the younger brother of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Shehbaz Sharif, 70, is the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz and led a combined opposition against Imran Khan government. In the past few weeks, socialist, liberal, and profoundly religious groups joined hands under the leadership of Sharif to end Imran Khan’s reign as the Prime Minister.
The combined Opposition nominated Sharif for the Prime Ministership, while Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chose ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as its candidate.