On the recommendation of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Dr. Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on Wednesday, setting the stage for general elections no later than November 9.
When the legislature is dissolved before the conclusion of its five-year term, the Constitution offers a 90-day window for organizing elections.
The country is prepared for the general election after the assembly was dissolved even though it is still a participant in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan program and is dealing with both political and economic issues.
The president, who was in Lahore, signed the summary, which read, “The Prime Minister’s advice at para 6 of the summary is approved.”
On August 9, 2023, the prime minister recommended dissolving the legislature in accordance with Article 58(1) of the Constitution.
The NA was supposed to end its term on August 12 but, using his authority under Article 58(1), the PM requested the dissolution barely three days early.
President Arif Alvi Signed the Dissolution of National Assembly
As soon as the president signs the recommendation, the Constitution declares the assembly to be dissolved. According to Article 58(1), the president must dissolve the National Assembly upon the prime minister’s advice, and unless the assembly is dissolved earlier, it must be dissolved 48 hours after the prime minister’s advice.
The president signed, and the assembly was officially dissolved.
The caretaker prime minister’s name was to be finalized at a meeting between the prime minister and the opposition leader on Thursday (today) afternoon.
There hasn’t been any official statement yet, but rumors about several candidates for the position of caretaker prime minister have been circulating for weeks.
Everything began a few weeks ago when the government declared its plan to dissolve the assembly earlier than expected so that it would have an extra month to prepare for the election.
The situation worsened when Ishaq Dar, the finance minister, began to attract support for the position of acting prime minister. The prime minister hasn’t yet disqualified Dar’s name, despite the fact that a number of other candidates have come forward since.
It is anticipated that a name would be announced after his meeting with the opposition leader on Thursday (today).
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