Islamabad: Pakistan will hold general elections on July 25, a presidential spokesman said Saturday, offering the prospect of what would be only the second ever democratic transfer of power in the nuclear-armed country.
“The president has approved July 25 as the date for holding general elections in the country,” a spokesman from Mamnoon Hussain’s office told.
The announcement comes as the current government enters its final week in office. It is expected to hand over power to a caretaker administration in the coming days.
Turmoil continues to rock the country after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court last July on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life.
Mr Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s seven-decade history — roughly half of it under military rule — to be removed before completing a full term.