Arif Alvi, a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was elected as President of Pakistan, as the cricketer-turned-politician consolidated his grip on power.
The 69-year-old former dentist defeated Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz nominee Maulana Fazlur Rehman to become the 13th President.
Of the 430 votes cast through a secret ballot in the National Assembly and the Senate, Dr. Alvi received 212 votes, Mr. Rehman 131 and Mr. Ahsan 81. Six votes were rejected, DawnNews reported, citing unofficial results. Dr. Alvi secured 45 of the 60 votes cast by the Balochistan’s newly elected lawmakers, it said.
In the PPP-dominated Sindh Assembly, Mr. Ahsan got 100 votes, while Dr. Alvi bagged 56. Just a solitary vote was cast in the favor of Mr. Rehman.
In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Dr. Alvi received 78 of the total 109 votes, while Mr. Rehman and Mr. Ahsan got 26 and five votes respectively.
In Punjab, Dr. Alvi secured 186 votes, whereas Mr. Rehman and Mr. Ahsan received 141 and 6 votes. Eighteen votes were rejected.
The new President will take the oath of the office on September 9. The outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year tenure ends on September 8.
Dr. Alvi is one of the founding members of PTI. He served as the party’s secretary-general from 2006 to 2013. He won the National Assembly elections from NA-247 (Karachi) during the July 25 election. He was also elected a member of the National Assembly in the 2013 general election.