>> A close ally of Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is now the country's leader. Pakistani lawmakers electing former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abassi to the role on Tuesday. Sharif was forced out of power last week, When the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income, a charge he denies.
s downfall plunged to nuclear-armed nation and to political turmoil. And Sharif nominated Abassi as interim leader, the speedy transition and effort to project stability. But Abassi's tenure is also expected to be brief, perhaps as short as two months. He's seen as warming the seat for Sharif's brother, Shahbaz, Who is expected to be the successor once he becomes eligible.
Currently, he's the Chief Minister of the vast Punjab province, But needs to fight a parliamentary by-election before other lawmakers can elect him as their leader. The plan is already sparking anger among supporters of opposition leader, Imran Khan, Who has accused the Sharifs of trying to turn Pakistan into a personal fiefdom.