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    Pakistan Elections: Dr. Arif Alvi elected as 13th President of the country

    New Delhi, India: Dr. Arif Alvi, a close associate of Prime Minister Imran Khan and founder member of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Party, was elected as the new President of Pakistan on Tuesday. Former 69-year-old dentist Alwi defeated Pakistan People's Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and Pakistan Muslim League-N candidate Maulana Fazal ur Rehman in a tri-contest and elected the country's 13th President. Quoting unofficial results,

    Dawn News reported that among the total 430 votes in the National Assembly and the Senate, Alvi got 212 votes, Rahman got 131 and Ahsan got 81 votes. Six votes were rejected. According to the newspaper, Alvi got 45 votes out of 60 votes cast from newly elected MPs of Balochistan.

    Ahsan received 100 votes in the Sindh assembly, which was influenced by PPP, while Alvi had to be content with 56 votes. There was only one vote in favor of Rahman. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, Alvi got 78 out of 109 votes. Rehman and Ahsan get 26 and five votes respectively. In the Punjab assembly, Alvi got 186 votes while Rahman and Ahsan would get 141 and 6 votes respectively. 18 votes were rejected. In his first speech after victory, Alvi thanked Prime Minister Khan for nominating him for such a huge responsibility.

    Alvi said, "From today I am not the President nominated by the PTI, but I am the President of the entire country and all the parties. All the parties are equal to me. Outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain's five-year term ends on September 8. In such a situation, Alvi will take an oath of office on 9th September. Alvi said that during the swearing-in ceremony he would invite all including the opposition. He said, "My political struggle is going on since the reign of Ayub Khan, 1967.

    However, I believe that since then there has been a lot of awareness in the nation, the President reiterated the promises made in the Constitution. Alvi is one of the founder members of PTI. He was the General Secretary of the party from 2006 to 2013.
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