Balochistan assembly elects Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as Chief Minister

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Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Quddus Bizenjo on Saturday promised to give healthcare, education and clean drinking water to the people during his reign, while delivering his inaugural speech in the Balochistan Assembly.

The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Liaquat.

The results were announced by the Balochistan assembly Speaker Raheela Durrani.

On January 09, former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down from his post following mounting pressure in the wake of no-trust motion against him in the provincial assembly.

Meanwhile, addressing the House after his election as Chief Minister, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said that he will use all of his capabilities to bring Balochistan at par with other provinces of the country.

A total of fifty-four lawmakers in a 65-member House took part in the voting. Its MPAs Khalid Langove, Mujeebur Rehman and Fatah Buladi besides Pakhtunkhwa Mill Awami Party (PkMAP) MPA Manzoor Kakar voted for Bizenjo.

The election took place amid beefed up security in and around the assembly building.

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Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was born in Awaran on Januaray 1, 1974, and contested elections for the first time in 2002.

Retracing the steps of his father, who was thrice elected from Awaran, Bizenjo commenced his political career from his hometown Shindi Jhao Awaran.

His 14-member provincial cabinet was also sworn in at a ceremony in Governor House. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

The crisis heightened with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers to chief minister Zehri.

The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo.

Zehri stepped down last week after opposition benches filed a no-confidence motion against him.

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