Arif Alvi is elected new Pakistan president

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Photo released by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on September 4, 2018 shows newly elected Pakistani President Arif Alvi posing for a photo at the National Assembly in Islamabad. Xinhua

ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) – Arif Alvi, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was elected as the new president of the South Asian country on Tuesday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced at its website that the official result count was prepared and forwarded to the federal government yesterday after receipt of the original record for issuance of formal notification.

Three candidates competed for the slot of the 13th president of the country for the next five-year term.

On the basis of initial counting, the ECP said that Mr Alvi received a total of 353 votes in both houses of the country’s parliament and four provincial assemblies.

The statement said that Fazal-ur-Rehman, a joint candidate of five opposition parties, bagged 185 votes while Aitzaz Ahsan of opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 124 votes.

Mr Alvi secured 212 votes in the joint session of the two houses of the parliament, including the Senate and the National Assembly, 45 votes from southwest Balochistan province, 41 from northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 33 votes from eastern Punjab province and 22 votes from southern Sindh province.

Mr Alvi will replace the country’s incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain, who will complete his five-year term on Saturday.

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