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June 6, 2013

Nawaz gets 16 more votes than two-thirds majority

 
June 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD: In his election as the third-time prime minister, Nawaz Sharif clinched 16 more votes than the dream two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.
The two-thirds figure precisely comes to 228 MPs while Nawaz Sharif secured 244 votes. The National Assembly consists of a total of 342 members but, at present, it comprises 323 MPs with 19 seats lying vacant for different reasons.
Direct election was either not held or terminated in eight constituencies on May 11 while the remaining 11 seats were won by those who returned from more than one seat.However, of the two-thirds majority that Nawaz Sharif bagged, his own Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has just 176 members of the National Assembly (MNAs), which forms a clear simple majority.
Except the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), has 39 MNAs and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 35 MPs plus Sheikh Rashid Ahmed of the Awami Muslim League, everyone voted for Nawaz Sharif.
The prime minister has a special liking for the massive two-thirds tally that he once secured. He has often talked about it when he was in the driving seat or was ousted. At the time, the PPP had shown an extremely dismal performance.
While the prime minister has bagged more than two-thirds majority, it is not necessary that he would continue to enjoy this support as 23 MNAs of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) unconditionally voted for him to have a working relationship with the new prime minister.The two-thirds majority in the National Assembly and Senate is considered extremely important because only through this support can the Constitution be amended.