In Pakistan, no single political party has won a majority of seats in the lower house. The two major political parties that united to oust Imran Khan as prime minister in 2022 today said they will form a new coalition government.
“Pakistan Muslim League Sharif” (PML-N) and “Pakistan People’s Party” (PPP) said in the press conference that they will form the next government with smaller parties.
PML-N president and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with leaders of the PPP and two other smaller parties, said: “The existing parties have captured about 2/3 of the elected seats in the House of Commons.”
Independent candidates became the biggest winners by winning 101 of the 264 seats in the lower house, of which about 93 were associated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Imran Khan’s supporters are contesting the elections as independents as the Election Commission has banned them from contesting in the name of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, citing failure to comply with electoral laws.
PML-N won 75 seats, but since all of Imran Khan’s candidates contested as independents, Sharif’s party was the largest party in parliament. PPP won 54 seats.