Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo elected Balochistan chief minister

PML-Q’s Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo is set to become the next leader of the House

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

The session of the house was headed by speaker Raheela Durrani.

Speaking to media reporters, Bizenjo said that he would come up to the expectations of the parties who had expressed their confidence in him.

It merits a mention here that the third candidate Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party withdrew his nomination papers before the election process in favour of Syed Agha Liaquat Ali nominated by the same party.

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

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered a setback as its entire parliamentary party supported Bizenjo.

Born in 1974, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo completed his initial education in his native town of Shindi located in remote Awaran tehsil, and secured a Master's degree in English from the University of Balochistan in 2000. He was elected from the PB-41 constituency. When he joined the PML-N-led coalition government in the province, Bizenjo was nominated as the deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly in June 2013.

He was elected receiving least number of votes in the electoral history of Pakistan.

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National Party has not nominated any candidate neither announced support for any.

On Wednesday, a group of opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly announced they would not field a candidate for the leader of the House.

On January 09, former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down from his post following mounting pressure in the wake of no-trust motion against him in the provincial assembly.

In order to retain his position as chief minister, Zehri required the support of 33 members from a house of 65.

The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo.

Zehri stepped down last week after opposition benches filed a no-confidence motion against him.

The crisis heightened with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers to chief minister Zehri.

The political crisis began with Bizenjo submitting a no-confidence motion against the chief minister on January 2.

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