ISLAMABAD: Mamnoon Hussain, the candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was elected on Tuesday as the 12th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the next five-year term after securing a massive majority (unofficial) from the Electoral College comprising the Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies.
Hussain was contesting the election against PTI candidate Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed.
According to the break up of votes, Mamnoon Hussain clinched 277 votes from National Assembly; 64 from Sindh Assembly; 41 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and; 55 from Balochistan Assembly.
Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed clinched 34 electoral votes from National Assembly; 5 from Sindh Assembly; 59 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and 01 from Balochistan Assembly.
Results of Senate and Punjab Assembly are awaited.
In a recent statement the PTI Chairman, Imran Khan had admired the decision of Pakistan People’s Party and its allies to boycott today’s polls. However, he had announced that his party would go into the presidential election under protest. “We don’t want to leave the field open for PML-N,” said Imran.
The Constitutional tenure of the incumbent President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, is set to expire on September 8, 2013.
The polling for the presidential election was held simultaneously in the Parliament and provincial assemblies which were pronounced polling stations at the outset of their respective proceedings today.
It may be mentioned here that Mian Raza Rabbani, the presidential candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), had boycotted the polls following its rescheduling by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in compliance with the orders issued by the Supreme Court on PML-N’s petition.
PPP’s candidate Rabbani was of the view that the new schedule would not leave sufficient time for campaigning in the four provincial capitals and in Islamabad.
Mamnoon Hussain’s profile
Originally a businessman, Mamnoon Hussain started his politics as a Muslim Leaguer in 1969.
At the time, he was made joint secretary of the Karachi chapter of the League when former minister of state for foreign affairs Zain Noorani was its president.
He has done MBA from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi as well as Darse Nizami course. Mamnoon Hussain originally hails from Agra (India).
Mamnoon Hussain’s group has a lot of say in the politics of the Karachi chamber and Gymkhana where it has been contesting their elections, winning and losing. Once he was also president of the Karachi chamber. He has a good say in a set of Karachi-based businessmen.
Mamnoon Hussain has his textile business and office in Allahwali Market Karachi.
He was seen actively involved in the PML-N since 1993 when Nawaz Sharif was in the opposition.
Before Mamnoon Hussain was appointed governor of Sindh by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 to serve in this position for less than six months, he worked as advisor to the provincial chief minister (Liaquat Ali Jatoi) for an insignificant portfolio.
After the promulgation of military rule in October 1999, Mamnoon Hussain firmly stood with Nawaz Sharif when multitudes of PML-N leaders simply abandoned their party.
During all this period starting in 1993, Mamnoon Hussain has held different positions in the Sindh branch of the party. However, he would leave the PML-N post after his election as president. His son holds a senior executive post in the Citibank.