PTI to announce Imran Khan as PM candidate today: spokesperson

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Islamabad, August 5: Imran Khan will be named tomorrow as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s candidate for the next prime minister of Pakistan and he is set to initially form a Cabinet of 15 to 20, according to media reports today.
The party of the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician emerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly in the July 25 general elections.
While the exact date of the swearing-in of Pakistan’s new prime minister has not been announced, reports say it could take place on August 14, the Independence Day of the country.
“A parliamentary meeting of the party will take place tomorrow at a private hotel in Islamabad,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry was quoted as saying by the Geo News.
“Imran Khan will be formally announced as the party’s nominee for premier during the meeting,” Chaudhry said.
Claiming that the PTI now has the clear support to form the government in the centre, Chaudhry said, “PTI’s seat tally in the National Assembly currently stands at 125 after the inclusion of independents.”
Allies and reserved seats will take the PTI tally to 174 seats in the National Assembly, he added.
Further after the support of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), the party will have 177 seats, Chaudhry said. (PTI)