Cricket Star Imran Khan elected Prime Minister of Pakistan

Cricket Star Imran Khan elected Prime Minister of Pakistan

Sparking controversy, South African comedian-TV host Trevor Noah in the latest episode of American show "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", dubbed Imran Khan as Pakistan's Donald Trump.

An ally of Khan's, the PTI's Asad Qaiser, was earlier elected speaker of Pakistan's lower house, paving the way for Friday's vote when a simple majority made the former cricketing star the country's prime minister.

Mr Khan, a firebrand nationalist, has promised to create millions of jobs and build world-class hospital and school systems in the mainly Muslim country of 208 million people.

He is due to be sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief and Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan on Thursday paid his tribute to former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, remembering how the latter worked towards strengthening India-Pakistan relation.

He was jailed in the lead-up to the vote, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, led the PML-N party into the election.

"Legislative business will be hard for him", said Raza Ahmad Rumi, editor of the Daily Times newspaper.

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Khan said "No one has ever been able to blackmail me before".

In the lead-up to the election, Khan was widely seen as the favoured candidate of the "powerful" military, which was accused of meddling against his rivals.

"I am here after 22 years of struggle". The army and Khan's PTI deny any collusion.

Murtaza Abbasi, a PML-N lawmaker, said in parliament Khan was "brought here by aliens", a euphemism for the military. "You had said that if rigging in 2013 elections would be proven, Nawaz Sharif's government should resign". No dictator has taken care of me. "I am here with own struggle and accord".

How Mr Khan addresses historic civil-military tensions that have dogged successive governments could define his term, analysts say.

His mandate as leader will last five years. The dynamic cricketer also took a present for Pakistan's World Cup winning captain.

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