Imran Khan Nominates Senior Politician Arif Alvi As Next President

August 18, 2018 11:53 pm27 commentsViews: 80

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated Arif Alvi as the next president of the country. He announced shortly after his oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad.

The presidential elections will be held on September 4 for the successor of President Mamnoon Hussain, who is at the end of his five-year-tenure and was nominated by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry tweeted confirming nomination of Alvi as PTI’s candidate for the post of President. He said, “(PTI has) nominated Dr Arif Alvi as its candidate for President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

In Pakistan the president is not elected directly, but by the members of lower house of the parliament, senate and the four provincial assemblies. He enjoys just the power of recommendations over the PM and is symbol of the federation. From 2006 to 2013 he was the Secretary-General of PTI.

Alvi is 69-year-old and dentist by profession. He is a senior politician and member of the lower house. He is close confidant of Khan and one of the founding members PTI. In the July 25 general elections he won his seat from NA-247(Karachi).

Candidates for the post of president can file nominations by August 27 and on August 30 the final list will be issued by the election commission.

Polling will be held in the buildings of the federal parliament and provincial assemblies.

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