Sunday, 9 September 2018

Pakistan's new president, Arif Alvi, has been sworn in

Pakistan's new president, Arif Alvi, has been sworn in

Ruling party leader Arif Alvi (C), President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), arrives at the National Assembly in Islamabad on September 4, 2018 before the presidential election. On September 4, Pakistan began voting with a new president, with a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan, considered the favorite to replace Mamnoon Hussain as the only Islamic State with nuclear weapons in the world. FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP

Pakistan's new president, Arif Alvi, was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad last Sunday and completed the peaceful transfer of power from the country to his new government after a turbulent election campaign.
His appointment continues the power of the ruling party after controversial polls in July, which have been contaminated by allegations of military interference and curving, said former prime minister Imran Khan, a former cricket champion.

Arif Alvi, a close ally of Khan and one of the founders of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI), becomes Pakistan's 13th president and replaces Mamnoon Hussain.

A vote this week saw him elected by more than a thousand legislators from both houses of parliament and four provincial assemblies.

Khan and his cabinet attended the ceremony, led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, as well as leaders of the armed forces and senior diplomats from Islamabad.

Alvi has sworn "to bring true faith and faithfulness to Pakistan" and to fulfill his duties "in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, welfare and prosperity of Pakistan" .

A former dentist, Alvi has been an important confidant of Imran Khan on both party and national issues.

He served as Secretary General of PTI for eight years beginning in 2006 and was elected MP for the southern megalopolis of Karachi in 2013, winning re-election in the July vote.

Alex, a father of four and an enthusiastic Twitter user, was shot and wounded during a protest against military dictator Ayub Khan in Lahore in 1969. He still has a bullet in his right arm.

The election of the PTI marks the end of several decades of leadership between the impoverished Pakistani Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), interrupted by periods of military rule.

But Khan and his cabinet face many challenges, including a weak economy, militant extremism, water shortages, and rapid population growth that destroys growth in developing countries.

Pakistan's presidents had more power before 2008, when President Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, took office and handed most of his powers to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

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