QUETTA: Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Abdul Qaddos Bizenjo was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Balochistan during the swearing-in ceremony at Governor House Quetta on Friday.
Bizenjo was elected unopposed in the first day’s session of the Balochistan Assembly with 39 votes in his favor.
Governor Balochistan Zahoor Ahmad Agha administered the oath of office to the newly elected Chief Minister while Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and members of Provincial and National Assembly also attended the ceremony.
Former Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliani, who faced opposition from his own party BAP and others, resigned last week.
Bizenjo, who was serving as the speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, also soon resigned from the post and was nominated for the top post by the BAP leadership.
The BAP candidate had the support of PTI parliamentary leader Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, who announced that he was withdrawing from the race and supporting Bizenjo for the Chief Minister’s post.
The PTI’s parliamentary party in the province had nominated Rind for the post of chief minister.
Apart from Rind, no other candidate had filed nomination papers for Bizenjo in the provincial assembly.
Bizenjo had earlier said in a statement that “we will move forward in consultation with all and benefit from the experience of whoever remains the Chief Minister.”
Hasil Bizenjo had said he wanted to work with other leaders in the province.
The newly elected Chief Minister had said that he had also tried to contact former Chief Minister Jam Kamal.
Hasil Bizenjo said he would announce his government’s future policy at tomorrow’s assembly session.