Qudoos Bizenjo of PML-Q elected as new Balochistan Chief Minister

Qudoos Bizenjo of PML-Q elected as new Balochistan Chief Minister

Later, the group unanimously nominated Bizenjo as a consensus candidate for the office of chief minister.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered a setback as its entire parliamentary party supported Bizenjo.

Amid stringent security in the provincial capital, the Balochistan assembly on Saturday morning voted to elect PML-Q's Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as the new leader of the house in Quetta.

Besides Agha, another PkMAP lawmaker, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, also filed nomination papers for the election of the Leader of the House on Friday but withdrew it today in favour of Liaquat Agha who is also competing for the provincial CM post.

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

After contesting general elections in 2013 again on PML-Q's ticket, Bizenjo was elected MPA for a third time.

Strict security arrangements have been put in place in and around the assembly premises with pickets erected at four locations for security checking.

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The remaining votes were grabbed by Hayder Ali of the NP (95 votes) and Hafiz Abdul Khaliq Bizenjo of the JUI-F (18 votes). He said that he wanted to ensure the completion of CPEC projects as well as other development schemes. "The water scarcity in Quetta will also be addressed on priority basis", he added. Balochistan governor will administer oath to the elected Chief Minister.

In the 65-member provincial assembly, members from the opposition and treasury benches support Bizenjo for the slot of the chief minister. Durrani made the formal announcement after Bizenjo bagged 41 votes and Liaquat Agha 13.

He was reportedly asked to resign ahead of the session to spare his party - the PML-N - further embarrassment after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi failed to win over the disgruntled elements in the Balochistan Assembly.

A political crisis developed in Balochistan following the no-confidence motion, with efforts stepped up by the PML-N, which has a government both in the centre and province, to defuse the situation. The crisis was averted on January 9 after Zehri tendered his resignation to Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai minutes before the no-confidence motion against him.