PPP, PML-N leaders discuss formation of coalition govt

Heading a govt for two and a half years each also comes under consideration.

LAHORE: As no political party has emerged with a simple majority to form its government at the centre, the leadership of the PPP and the PML-N discussed different ways to run the country for the next five years.

In this regard, PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with PPP leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Lahore last night and discussed the political situation evolving after results of the general elections came out.

The PML-N leaders informed Zardari and his sons about their meeting with leaders of the MQM.

When told by the PML-N side that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be the next prime minister and his party needed the support of the PPP, Zardari told Shehbaz Sharif that his party’s central executive committee had already proposed Bilawal as the next prime minister.

Other possibilities were also discussed after the two sides failed to agree on the name of the prime minister.

There is another possibility that the two main parties will form their government by dividing the five years term of the assemblies. Under this arrangement, each of the two parties will head theĀ  government for two and a half years. More details such as which party will form the government first will be thrashed out later. This possibility seems viable as none of the two parties seems ready to accept a prime minister from the other party for five years.

Such a formula had been in place in Balochistan a few years ago.

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