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Pakistan Swears In New Parliament as Imran Khan’s Allies Protest Alleged Vote Rigging

HeadlineMar 01, 2024

In Pakistan, the National Assembly swore in newly elected members of Parliament Thursday amid protests by lawmakers from the party of ousted and jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan’s supporters got up and shouted “Vote-thief!” as Shehbaz Sharif entered the chamber with his brother Nawaz Sharif. Both men are also former prime ministers. Shehbaz Sharif is expected to form a new government after none of the major parties won a majority of parliamentary seats in February’s election. Supporters of Imran Khan have accused the military of election tampering.

Here in the U.S., over 30 congressmembers sent an open letter to President Biden asking him to withhold U.S. recognition of the new Pakistani government until a “thorough, transparent, and credible investigation of election interference has been conducted.”

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