Newly elected PM Imran Khan announces strict accountability

Pakistani MPs elect Imran Khan as prime minister for the next five years

A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

Khan, whose party swept to power in last month's election, won the most votes in Friday's parliamentary poll.

Rival parties have alleged "blatant" rigging, and Friday's proceedings triggered raucous scenes as opposition parliamentarians shouted protest slogans in the assembly. The army and Khan have denied the claims. His rival Sharif, younger brother of imprisoned ex-Premier Nawaz Sharif and president of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) received 96 votes.

(WebDesk) - It was the day when newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan was supposed to steal the show and win the hearts of all those Pakistanis who have not voted for him in Pakistan's general elections 2018.

Mr Khan, who will be sworn in on Saturday, has yet to announce his cabinet.

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Mr Khan, who played first class cricket for two decades and captained the Pakistan cricket team to a world cup victory over England in 1992, had floated his political party in the mid-nineties after a successful career in cricket. "No military dictator raised me".

"My father was never in politics, I had no political experience, I struggled for 22 years and I am proud that we can lead this country to become what our hero Quaid-e-Azam (Ali Mohammad Jinnah) envisioned".

The party has already formed a government in its stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and an alliance with regional parties in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Khan told the PML-N leadership that his government would cooperate with them if they chose to take rigging allegations to court and would provide food, water, and containers if they opted to stage demonstrations against his ruling coalition.

Among his first challenges will be to decide whether to request an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout to ease currency pressures, or seek support from China and risk deepening Pakistan's economic dependence on its neighbour.

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