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KP, Sindh Assemblies appoint Speakers


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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has swept both the slots of Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Wednesday, 15th August. This move came as no surprise as PTI holds a simple majority in the Pakhtunkhwa assembly. Mushtaq Ghani and Mehmood Jan, who was nominated for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, were elected with a heavy margin. Mushtaq Ghani, the now-Speaker of KP assembly, secured 81 votes in the house of 124.

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the PTI has increased its seats share to 64 members after the inclusion of two independent members in the party’s fold. With the numbers in hand, the party has taken its seat total to 84 seats after addition of 16 women and two minority seats.

The PPP with four general seats and one woman reserved seats stands last with a total of five seats. Agha Siraj Durrani, the former speaker, has been elected as the speaker of the Sindh Assembly once again

The Muttahida Majlis e Amal is at the distant second with 13 seats including 10 general seats, two women, and a minority reserved seat. ANP secured a nine-member representation with seven members on general seats and two seats on women reserved seats. The PML-N won five general seats in the KPK assembly, and with the addition of one woman reserved seat, its tally stands at number six in the provincial assembly.

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The PPP with four general seats and one woman reserved seats stands last with a total of five seats. Agha Siraj Durrani, the former speaker, has been elected as the speaker of the Sindh Assembly once again. The PPP leader has served as speaker during the 2013 to 2018 term. He took his oath on Wednesday, August 15th, after MPAs voted him in. PPP workers and leaders chanted party slogans after Mr. Durrani took an oath.

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There were 158 MPAs who voted in the election for the speaker. Durrani was elected with 96 votes while opposition candidate Javed Hanif received 59 votes. The PPP’s Rehana Leghari was elected deputy speaker. The PTI’s governor candidate, Imran Ismail, did not come to vote for the speaker. Three members of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan were present in the assembly session but refused to cast their votes.

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