Former cricket star Imran Khan is set to be sworn in on Saturday, August 18, as Pakistan’s prime minister after he was confirmed as the country’s new leader in a vote by its National Assembly on Friday. The former cricketer’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the most seats in July’s elections, propping up Khan to become Pakistan’s new leader more than two decades after pivoting from the sporting world to politics. Khan won the support of 176 National Assembly members in the Friday vote, while his opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif, earned 96, according to the BBC. After his victory was revealed, Khan vowed to bring about the “change” Pakistan has been “longing for.” The famous cricketer, who led Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992, will take the helm at a time when the nuclear-armed country has been trying to steer itself out of an economic crisis. Since the mid-’90s, Khan has billed himself as a populist, anti-corruption politician dedicated to creating a “new Pakistan.” In a speech following the PTI party’s victory in July , Khan acknowledged that the “biggest challenge” Pakistan faces “is the economic crisis.” “We have never had such a huge fiscal… Read full this story
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