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Shahbaz Sharif elected PML-N chief

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's ruling PML-N today elected Shahbaz Sharif, ousted Nawaz Sharif's younger brother, as its president, two weeks after he was appointed as of the party.

was last month also barred from leading a political party following his disqualification by the in the Panama Papers scandal in July last year.

Shahbaz was elected unopposed as no one filed nomination papers against him during the Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) general council meeting held here.

Addressing the meeting after his election, Shahbaz thanked the party for its confidence in him but said he could not even think about taking the place of his brother.

"can be considered the political heir of Quaid-i-Azam (Jinnah) and we are lucky to have been blessed with a leader like Nawaz Sharif," he said.

Nawaz was also present in the meeting and congratulated his younger brother on his election as

Shahbaz was appointed as on February 27 in a special party meeting which also appointed Nawaz as 'Quaid' for life, a symbolic post to honour him.

Analysts believe that still calls the shots and his younger brother would just be a figurehead while real decision making would stay with the ex-despite his bar on becoming the of the party.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:55 IST
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