Balochistan Assembly votes in Bizenjo as new CM


Agha Syed Liaqat Ali of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) was the only contestant against Bizenjo after Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal of the same party withdrew his candidature in his favour.

In PB-41, the turnout was 1.18 per cent, while only 672 people cast their vote.

Bizenjo is the third chief minister of the province in four-and-a-half years.

Bizenjo, besides his party, had the support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl).

Born in 1974, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo completed his initial education in his native town of Shindi located in remote Awaran tehsil, and secured a Master's degree in English from the University of Balochistan in 2000.

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PkMAP member Manzoor Khan Kakar and three National Party lawmakers - Khalid Khan Langov, Mujeed Hassni and Fateh Buledi - crossed the floor and voted for the PML-Q candidate. Zehri was forced to resign after some members of his own party, the PML-N, joined the opposition in its demand to remove him from office.

He was re-elected in 2008 on PML-Q ticket and served as minister in Nawab Aslam Raisani's cabinet during its five-year tenure.

Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran after receiving only 544 votes from the constituency. The turnover was too low as the separatist groups had boycotted the 2013 elections.

He remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

On January 09, former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down from his post following mounting pressure in the wake of no-trust motion against him in the provincial assembly.

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The chief minister also welcomed suggestions from treasury and opposition benches reiterating that he would try to make these part of his policy.

Pakistan's ruling PML-N today suffered an embarrassing loss in Balochistan at the hands of its rival party whose member Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was elected as the southwestern state's new chief minister.

JUI-F's Maulana Abdul Wasay, leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly, said the opposition would not join the new provincial government.

On January 2, Bizenjo and 14 like-minded members of Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N, triggering a political crisis in the province.

"Replying to a question about former CM, he said Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri is respectful for us, but we had some political differences with him".

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