Arif Alvi elected Pakistan’s 13th President
The counting of the votes is under way, and while the Election Commission of Pakistan is scheduled to announce official results tomorrow, provisional results have started pouring in.
Alvi, according to unofficial results, has edged out PML-N backed chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Fazlur Rehman; and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan in the presidential race by garnering the most number of votes in at least four of the six leading parliamentary bodies in the country.
“I am grateful to God that the PTI-nominated candidate has been successful in the presidential race today,” Alvi said in his victory speech. “I am also thankful to Imran Khan for nominating me for such a big responsibility.”
Of the 430 votes cast in the National Assembly and Senate, PTI’s Alvi received 212 votes, JUI-F’s Rehman bagged 131 and PPP’s Ahsan garnered 81; six votes were rejected.