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New Pakistani Cabinet Sworn In


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s new prime minister has unveiled a new 25-member cabinet, including two women.

Many key posts have been filled by allies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

However, the key posts of foreign minister and defense minister were left unfilled.

Pakistani media have said that Sharif will keep these positions himself with aid from advisers.

Key figures in the new cabinet, analysts say, include Ishaq Dar, a former finance minister who will fill the same position again.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the opposition leader when Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N was most recently out of power, was named interior minister.

The Cabinet includes two women: Anusha Rehman, who was named junior minister for information technology and communication; and Saira Afzal Tarar, named junior minister for national health services regulation and coordination.

Sharif's party soundly beat the former ruling Pakistan People's Party in elections last month.



With reporting by AP
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