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Son Of Sacked Former Pakistan PM Elected To Parliament

Abdul Qadir Gilani won a byelection on July 19
The eldest son of Pakistan's sacked prime minister has been elected to parliament, replacing his father who the supreme judiciary dismissed last month for contempt of court.

Abdul Qadir Gilani won a byelection on July 19 in the family constituency in the central town of Multan, after Yousuf Raza Gilani was dismissed for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

State television said Gilani won 64,628 votes, comfortably beating his closest rival, Shaukat Bosan, an independent candidate who secured 60,532 votes.

Opposition parties led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party had backed Bosan.

Television channels broadcast footage of the former Prime Minister Gilani being garlanded with roses and celebrating the victory.
Based on reporting by AFP and BBC Urdu