PPP to support PML-N prime minister candidate, says Bilawal Bhutto

As the political parties making all-out efforts to form a new regime in the country, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday decided to support its political competitor Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate for the prime minister’s slot but not to be a part of the government in the Centre.

Addressing a press conference in Zardari House in Islamabad, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that he will not be a candidate for prime minister as his party has not received the mandate to form government.

Bilawal added that there were two groups who had received more seats in the National Assembly compared to the PPP.

“Pakistan Peoples Party does not have the mandate to form government so I will not be putting myself forward for the candidacy of prime minister of Pakistan,” Bilawal said.

He added that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has already decided not to talk to the PPP, which leaves Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz as the only large group that had reached out to his party.

“Pakistan Peoples Party has decided that while we are not in a position to join the federal government ourselves, nor would we be interested in taking ministries in such a set up, we also do not want to see political chaos in the country,” he said.

However, he also said that if no party manages to form government, it could leave re-election as the only option which could only lead to more instability.

Bilawal also said that the PPP does not want to take up ministries in the new government but would support the prime minister on an issue to issue basis and on important votes.

He added that the PPP would make a committee to engae with other political parties over the issue.

Bilawal’s press conference comes after a two-day long meeting of the PPP’s Central Executive Committee in Islamabad, follwoing multiple engagements with the PMLN.

The results of the general elections showed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf backed independents emerging as the biggest group followed by PMLN with 75 seats and PPP with 54 seats in the National Assembly.

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