Mamnoon Hussain: Pakistan's new president

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This is Pakistan's next president; Mamnoon Hussain from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has been elected for the top slot after he defeated his rival candidate retired Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf in the National Assembly and the Senate. The president is not elected by popular vote, but by lawmakers in the two houses of parliament as well as assemblies in Pakistan's four provinces. Official results show the 73-year-old Hussain secured 432 votes while his rival candidate bagged just 77 votes. Soon after his election, the new president resigned from the ruling party and promised to work for the country's better future. However, Hassain's election was overshadowed by the opposition Pakistan's People's Party boycotting the vote. The party pulled out of the presidential race in a sign of protest after the Supreme Court changed date of polling at the government's request. Traditionally, presidents have been figureheads in Pakistan although former military president General Pervez Musharraf wielded extensive powers when he held the post. But, under Zardari, presidents were stripped of powers and the real power lies with the country's prime minister. Pakistan's newly-elected President Mamnoon Hussain will take the oath of office in September when incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari's five-year term comes to its end. This is the first time in Pakistan's history that power is handed over from a civilian government to another civilian administration.

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