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India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected Pakistan President

India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected Pakistan President

Islamabad: India-born Mamnoon Hussain, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawqaz Sharif, was Tuesday elected as the 12th President of Pakistan and will replace the incumbent, Asif Ali Zardari, in September.

Mr. Hussain emerged as a clear winner in the one-sided contest with former judge Wajihuddin Ahmad of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, State media reported.

Pakistan People’s Party withdrew its candidate, Raza Rabbani, and boycotted the election held on Tuesday in protest against the change in the date of polling.

The polling started at 10 a.m. amidst tight security arrangements.

Born in the historic city of Agra, Mr. Hussain, who belongs to the Urdu-speaking ethnic group that migrated from India during partition in 1947, was the candidate of the ruling PML-N.

Over 1,000 members of the national Parliament and four provincial assemblies cast their ballots for the largely ceremonial head of the state.

The office of the President is ceremonial in Pakistan, but he is still the Constitutional chief of the armed forces but cannot order deployments.

He also appoints the services chiefs at the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

Pakistan has so far had 11 Presidents, out of which five were military generals. Four of them illegally got powers through coups, whereas the first President, Major Sikandar Mirza was elected in 1956 after the first Constitution was adopted.

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