Pakistan’s ruling and opposition parties this Monday announced the appointment of a former Supreme Court chief justice as caretaker prime minister.
The selection of Nasir ul Mulk comes days after the country’s president announced that general elections will be held on July 25 — setting up what would only be Pakistan’s second ever democratic transfer of power.
“Today is an important day in the democratic history of Pakistan, the name was chosen after consensus was reached,” said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a press conference.
“We have chosen a person whose past is very clear.”
Opposition leader Khursheed Shah added that Mulk, who served on the top court for nearly a decade — including a stint as chief justice from July 2014 to August 2015 — had backing across the political spectrum.
The appointment of the widely respected judge came as a surprise because he was not named as a potential frontrunner in recent discussions in the Pakistani press about who would take the helm as caretaker premier.
The current government’s tenure will end on May 31. Power will then be handed over to a caretaker administration after the parliament is dissolved until a new government is formed following elections.