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Mamnoon sworn-in as president of Pakistan

Industrialist Mamnoon Hussain was sworn as Pakistan's president on Monday, a day after his predecessor Asif Ali Zardari ended five years in office, becoming the country's first democratically elected president to complete his tenure. At a ceremony in Islamabad, Hussain was administered the oath by Chief Justice Iftkhar Mohammad Chaudri, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Zardari flanking him.

Hussain: Indian-born president-elect of Pakistan

Mamnoon Hussain, who will be sworn in Monday as Pakistan's 12th president, is a well-respected but low-profile businessman who was born in India and led a successful career in textiles. A staunch loyalist of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but with no power base of his own, Hussain's time in office will cement Pakistan's democratic transition back to a ceremonial head of state. He will formally preside over a government that must solve a power crisis, kick-start the economy, counter a Taliban insurgency and navigate a tricky alliance with the United States.

Indian Parliament passes resolution condemning Pakistan

The Indian Parliament on Wednesday rejected a resolution passed Tuesday by Pakistan's parliament which condemns "aggression by Indian forces" across the heavily fortified border with India known as the Line of Control, issuing an anti-Pakistan resolution in response. "This House rejects and deplores the resolution passed by Pakistan's National Assembly making absolutely baseless and unfounded allegations against the Indian Army and the people of India," Indian Parliament Speaker Meira Kumar said.

Pakistan elects businessman Mamnoon Hussain president

Pakistan on Tuesday elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain as 12th president of the nuclear-armed state, replacing the unpopular Asif Ali Zardari whose five-year term expires in September. Lawmakers from both houses of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies voted Hussain into the ceremonial post in a move that will cement the authority of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Hussain secured 432 votes and his only rival Wajihuddin Ahmed 77, Fakhruddin Ebrahim, head of the election commission, announced live on television.

Industrialist Mamnoon Hussain elected as Pakistan president

Mamnoon Hussain, the candidate of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N), was elected Tuesday as the country's next president. According to partial results released by the Election Commission, Hussain secured 53 percent of the total votes in the National Assembly, the Senate and four provincial assemblies, winning 376 electoral votes out of a total of 706 votes. Hussain, 72, will take the oath of office after the five-year term of outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party ends Sept. 9.

Veteran Pakistani politician Mamnoon Hussain elected president

Hussain has been an active member of the PML-N since the 1960s. He was governor of the southern province of Sindh from June to October 1999 when Sharif's government was overthrown by the then army commander, General Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan elects Mamnoon Hussain president: state TV

Pakistan on Tuesday elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain as its 12th president, state TV said, to replace deeply unpopular head of state Asif Ali Zardari, whose five-year term expires in September. Lawmakers from both houses of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies voted in the two-man race for the largely ceremonial president of the nuclear-armed state. In a sharp reminder of the challenges the country faces, dozens of heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a prison in the northwest overnight, escaping with more than 240 prisoners.

Polling starts for Pakistani presidential election

Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday began voting for a new president, marking an end to the five-year term of outgoing Asif Ali Zardari whose party lost May's general elections. An official from the Pakistan election commission told AFP that lawmakers in the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies have started casting their votes to elect a new head of state. Mamnoon Hussain, a businessman from the southern city of Karachi and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the most likely to replace Zardari.

Pakistan lawmakers to elect new president

Pakistani lawmakers are set to elect a new head of state Tuesday, marking an end to the five-year term of outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari whose party lost May's general elections. Mamnoon Hussain, a businessman from the southern city of Karachi and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the most likely successor. A long serving member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), Hussain addressed a party meeting in Islamabad on Monday.

Opposition party boycotts Pakistan presidential vote

Pakistan's main opposition party announced Friday it would boycott next week's election for a ceremonial head of state to protest against the manner in which the vote was brought forward. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ballot would be held on July 30 instead of August 6 after the main ruling party complained that the original date clashed with the end of Ramadan. Many lawmakers tasked with electing a successor to President Asif Ali Zardari will be on pilgrimage or offering special prayers at the tail end of the holy fasting month, the court said.
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