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A bumpy road ahead for new Pakistani leadership

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The unprecedented has happened. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a sitting Prime Minister has been sent home 15 months ahead of the scheduled completion of his term through the constitutional and parliamentary device of the vote of no-confidence passed by a majority of the very National Assembly which had elected him some 45 months ago.After the departure of Khan and his government, Shehbaz Sharif has been elected the new Prime Minister at the head of a coalition of around 13 political parties of diverse and, in some cases, conflicting agendas.

The new government is likely to face numerous challenges in the days to come. The first and foremost challenge is about managing the large unwieldy coalition. The first test of the coalition will be the formation of a coalition government and making key appointments in the civil service after securing consensus within the coalition. Although Sharif was the consensus candidate of the coalition for Prime Minister, achieving a similar consensus on the allocation of cabinet portfolios to satisfy more than a dozen political parties and quite a few influential independent politicians may not be as simple.

The coalition partners subscribe to different ideologies. The two largest political parties within the coalition – PMLN and PPP – are........

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