QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday elected Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo as the new chief minister of the province, days after former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down, ahead of a no-confidence motion against him.
Speaker Raheela Hameed Durrani made the official announcement. The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo, who secured 41 out of the total 51 cast votes, and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Syed Liaqat Ali , who bagged 13 votes.
Bizenjo, besides his party, had the support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl). He is the third chief minister of the province in four and-a-half years.
Another PkMap candidate member Abdul Rahim Ziyaratwal, who also filed his nominations, had withdrawn from the race. Following the in-house election, the new Leader of the House will take oath of his office at 5 pm.
Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was born in Awaran on Januaray 1, 1974, and contested elections for the first time in 2002. He was elected from the PB-41 constituency.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate, remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.
Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran in general election of 2013.