ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif submitted his nomination papers for his election as country’s next prime minister, Express News reported on Tuesday.
Earlier on June 3, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s leader Javed Hashmi submitted his nomination papers for the post.
Newly-elected members of the National Assembly will vote for the future prime minister in the parliamentary session on June 5.
The oath-taking ceremony of the new premier will take place at 5pm that day.
The nomination papers of Nawaz, Hashmi and PPP candidate Makhdoom Amin Fahim were accepted.
A small cabinet of the incoming prime minister is also likely to take oath with Nawaz.
The PML-N chief will first fill the key ministries with his core team, but he will try to compose a cabinet of less than two dozen ministers, PML-N sources said.
Amidst hectic lobbying for cabinet slots, Nawaz is keeping cards close to his chest. He might be challenged by the task of accommodating all provinces in the cabinet since most PML-N members come from Punjab.
Though many names have been circulating in the corridors of power for aspirants of cabinet slots, PML-N insiders say these are mere speculations: the likely ministers in the first phase include Ishaq Dar for the finance portfolio, Khawaja Asif for water and power.