Pakistan sees second democratic government completing term in seven decades

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs today issued a notification announcing the dissolution of the 14th National Assembly at midnight on May 31, 2018.

Published: 31st May 2018 09:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2018 09:57 PM   |  A+A-

Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, chant anti-government slogans and hold placards that read, 'go Nawaz go.' (Photo | AP)


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's PML-N government today completed its five-year tenure, the first time that two consecutive democratically elected governments have served their terms in the country's seven decades history.

The country, ruled by the powerful army for much of its life, experienced its first democratic transition of power in 2013, when Pakistan Peoples Party handed over the power to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after the general elections.

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs today issued a notification announcing the dissolution of the 14th National Assembly at midnight on May 31, 2018.

At the stroke of midnight, the National Assembly's constitutionally mandated tenure of five years will expire, and a caretaker setup which will oversee the country's affairs till the general elections on July 25, 2018 will be ushered in.

The caretaker government headed by former chief justice Nasirul Mulk will be sworn in tomorrow to run the country during the period when elections are held to elect the new government.

A government official said that all preparation have been made to administer oath to the caretaker prime minister at the President House where President Mamnoon Hussain will give oath to Nasirul Mulk.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today also formally announced the final schedule for general elections which will be held on July 25 across the country.

It said that candidate will file nomination papers from June 2-6, which will be scrutinised by the ECP from June 7-14.

Rivals will be allowed to challenge the nomination until June 19 and the ECP will decide on these appeals by June 26.

The final list of candidates will be issued by June 27, and all shortlisted candidates will have till June 28 to withdraw their nomination papers.


Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp