Sharif re-elected head of Pakistan’s ruling PML-N


Nawaz Sharif was today re-elected as the president of the ruling PML-N, allowing the ousted Pakistan prime minister to stage a political comeback with "full force".
Sharif soon after his re-election as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people’s mandate and democracy.
Sharif, 67, had to step down as PML-N chief after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.
Addressing a gathering of party members at the Convention Centre here, Sharif said his supporters kept reelecting him to power despite his ousters from the office.
He said the party members knew the reasons behind his disqualification as prime minister.
The PML-N yesterday took full advantage of its position as the ruling party as President Mamnoon Hussain signed the controversial Election Act 2017 into law hours after it was bulldozed through the National 
Assembly amid pandemonium on the opposition benches, the Dawn reported.
Under The Representation of Peoples Act 1976, a disqualified person could not hold office of a party.
The law was passed to allow the party to re-elect Sharif as its head, on the eve of a party convention called for the express purpose of electing Sharif to the post.
Sharif in his address to his supporters, thanked the people for repealing the law which barred disqualified politicians from holding office in a party.
He said former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf had reinstated this law after Ayub khan first introduced it.
"I would like to thank the people for throwing this law back at their faces," he said.

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