Abdul Quddus Bizenjo sworn in as Balochistan CM

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo of Pakistan Muslim League-Q took oath of the office of Chief Minister Balochistan on Saturday.

Manzoor Kakar of PashtukhuwaMap also voted for new elected Chief Minister.

Bizenjo secured 41 votes while his rival Syed Agha Liaquat Ali of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party got 13 votes, Radio Pakistan reported.

Bizenjo, besides his party, had the complete support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl).

This comes after former CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri of PML-N resigned as chief minister on Jan 9 before a no-trust motion could be taken against him. He won the seat, obtaining only 544 of the 57,666 registered votes in the constituency as turnout was an abysmal 1.18 per cent since the separatists had called for a boycott of the elections.

Commentators' have taken note of the fact that Zardari's close aide was sitting in the assembly as Bizenjo was voted in and had taken the passenger seat of fresh CM's auto as he left for Governor House for swearing-in ceremony.

Born in 1974, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid first became a lawmaker in 2002 and remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

The oath was administered by Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai at Governor House, a few hours after Balochistan Assembly elected Bizenjo as 23 CM of the province following the resignation of former CM Sanaullah Zehri.

PM Abbasi had reportedly advised Zehri to resign after dissenting leaders rejected his invitation to discuss outstanding issues, sources within the PML-N had said.

Bizenjo was elected as member in 2013 elections from Awaran region of Balochistan.

On January 2, Bizenjo and 14 like-minded members of Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N, triggering a political crisis in the province. In order to retain his position as chief minister, Zehri required the support of 33 members from a house of 65.

Bizenjo was voted in as the third chief minister in four years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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