Likely new Pakistan PM putting coalition government together

A Pakistani takes selfie with Imran Khan, center, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, as he leaves a party meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Aug. 6, 2018. (AP)
Updated 09 August 2018
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Likely new Pakistan PM putting coalition government together

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's likely next prime minister is scrambling to get his coalition government in place as the caretaker government convenes the National Assembly next week to begin the process of transferring power to a new government following last month's national elections.

Caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk asked President Mamnoon Husain on Thursday to convene the National Assembly on Aug. 13 for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected lawmakers.

Popular longtime politician Imran Khan is expected to be elected premier next week. His Tahreek-e-Insaf party says it enjoys the backing of 180 lawmakers in the 342-seat assembly and he needs 172 votes to become prime minister for the next five years.


Sudanese policeman dies from wounds after protesters stone vehicle

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Sudanese policeman dies from wounds after protesters stone vehicle

KHARTOUM: A Sudanese policeman has died from his wounds after protesters threw stones at a police vehicle passing close to demonstrations in the capital Khartoum, a police spokesman said on Friday.
The vehicle was passing the area by chance late on Thursday, the spokesman said, adding that a number of suspects had been arrested.
The case brings the official death toll during protests that have spread since Dec. 19 across Sudan to 32, including three security personnel. An opposition-linked doctors’ syndicate said last week that 57 people had been killed in the protests.
“The vehicle was pelted with stones, and they were police returning from training and had no link to the dispersal of the unrest,” said police spokesman Hashem Ali.
Security forces dispersed protests close to the presidential palace in Khartoum on Thursday, rounding up several dozen of them and driving them away in pick up trucks, witnesses said.
On Friday police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people who protested after leaving a mosque in Omdurman, across the Nile from central Khartoum, witnesses said.
The protesters had blocked a road with stones and branches chanting, “Down, that’s it!,” “Freedom, peace and justice,” and “The people’s choice is revolution.”
The protests were triggered by a deepening economic crisis and have become the most sustained popular challenge to President Omar Al-Bashir since he took power in a coup nearly 30 years ago.
The president and his ruling National Congress Party have shown no sign of bowing to demands to quit and have blamed the unrest on unnamed foreign agents.