Federal cabinet oath taking delayed till tomorrow

Warmly congratulating Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on becoming the prime minister of Pakistan, China Wednesday said Pakistan's government would stay committed to maintaining national unity and stability and promoting economic and social development.

Abbasi's cabinet was expected to be sworn-in at the Presidency at 5:30pm Wednesday but the event was delayed as the party failed to finalise the allocation of ministries.

The meeting began with exchange of pleasantries with Abbasi.

"Discussions are under way for the new cabinet and the new ministers will take oath in a day or two", he told reporters after a meeting with the party leadership in Murree.

He added that consultation is also taking place on the portfolio of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

He said work on these projects will be expedited, to show the world that a Prime Minister could be changed but the policies could not be altered.

He was elected as the new prime minister following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court last week.

PML-N lawmakers banged on benches and chanted "Lion, lion Nawaz Sharif" after Abassi was voted in, standing defiant in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to cut short Sharif's third stint in power.

Soon after the court judgement, the PM House in a terse statement said that Nawaz Sharif, despite having reservations on the court's verdict, has stepped down from his post as the premier.

Pakistan's Prime Minister designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives to attend the National Assembly session in Islamabad, Pakistan August 1, 2017.

Shahbaz, now chief minister of the eastern province of Punjab, home to more than half of Pakistan's 190 million people, will have to resign and fight a parliamentary by-election before he can take over as prime minister.

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