Pakistan’s PML-N, PPP likely to form coalition government

New Delhi, Feb 21: Post elections, in the aftermath of a continuous week-long dialogue between political parties in Pakistan, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have formalised an agreement to establish a new coalition government, Pakistan and International reported.

Following extensive rollercoaster discussions, the two political parties have reached a consensus on power-sharing arrangements. According to the media in the agreement, Shehbaz Sharif of PML-N is slated for nomination as Prime Minister, while Asif Ali Zardari from PPP will contend for the presidency.

The agreement, finalised on Tuesday by the coordination committees of both parties, comes amidst accusations of coercion and manoeuvring among former coalition partners. The pact between PPP, led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and PML-N, led by three-time premier Nawaz Sharif, brings an end to the uncertainty that followed the February 8 elections, which resulted in a hung national assembly. Addressing reporters late Tuesday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced the agreement, emphasizing the coalition’s commitment to addressing the nation’s economic crisis. Shehbaz Sharif, expressing confidence in their parliamentary majority, highlighted the support garnered from smaller parties, securing a stable administration capable of making tough decisions in challenging times.

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