Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

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Mr. Sharif’s election has temporarily healed the rifts within the party which appeared on the verge of defections after his ouster.

Nawaz Sharif was on Tuesday re-elected as the president of Pakistan’s ruling PML-N party after Parliament passed a controversial bill, paving the way for the ousted prime minister’s return to politics.Mr. Sharif (67), had to step down as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

Under The Representation of Peoples Act 1976, a disqualified person could not hold office of a party.However, the legal hurdle in his way to become party chief was cleared on Monday when the National Assembly passed a controversial Election Bill 2017 that allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to head a political party.

President Mamnoon Hussain signed the controversial Election Act 2017 into law hours after it was bulldozed through the parliament amid pandemonium on the opposition benches.PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted Mr. Sharif’s papers for party president in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while no one other candidate from the party contested the election.

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