According to sources present in the meeting convened to decide on the name for an interim Prime Minister, the name of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been approved for the temporary role. Mr. Abbasi will be Prime Minister for 45 days before Shehbaz Sharif takes over the role after getting elected as an MNA.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will take a vote of confidence from the parliamentarians at the next scheduled session of the parliament on Monday 31st July.
Shehbaz Sharif is currently serving as Chief Minister Punjab. He will resign as an MPA and contest election from the NA 120 constituency, the seat vacated by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due his disqualification in Panama case.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid of PTI is likely to contest election against Shehbaz Sharif on NA 120 seat. She was runner up against Nawaz Sharif from the same constituency in 2013 general elections and received more than 50,000 votes.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi worked as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources in the cabinet of Nawaz Sharif. He is believed to have a good working relation with both Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharifs.