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    Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutte was elected on Monday (12 August) the Prime Minister of Pakistan.


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    Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutte was elected on Monday (12 August) the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    In a National Assembly house of 146 - with eight members absent, Mr. Bhutte secured 108 votes as against Opposition candidate Maulvi Neerani's 28. This gave him an overall winning majority of 80 votes.

    The election was the final step towards the full emergency of Parliamentary democracy under the permanent constitution.

    In his speech at the announcement ceremony, Mr. Bhutto said that the process of transition from dictatorship to democracy was new being completed.

    One of the men who congratulated the new Prime Minister was opposition leader Khan Wali Khan. He described Mr. Bhutte as the only man who could give true democracy to Pakistan.

    SYNOPSIS; The meeting, attended by Mrs. Bhutte and a house of one hundred and forty-six was the final step towards the full emergence of parliamentary democracy under the now-permanent constitution. Mr. Bhutto scored one hundred and eight votes..nearly eighty more than the opposition party.

    Mr. Bhutto's election was hailed loudly by members of his party. Mr. Bhutto was dressed in a dark grey suit as he walked to the front of the assembly while members displayed their approval. The new president, Chaudry Fazal Elahi sworn in at the same time.

    When the result of the ballot was announced, Mr. Bhutto, the gallery and the other members reared their approval. He now steps down as Head of Their when he takes the oath in his now ministry office.

    Mr. Bhutto became Pakistan's first Prime Minister. The voting also indicated that three members ???he normally voted against the Government managed to support Mr. Bhutto.

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