The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly is scheduled to elect the province’s chief minister today.
Governor Shaukatullah will administer oath of office to the new chief minister at the Governor’s House in the evening.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) candidates Asad Qaisar and Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi were elected speaker and deputy speaker of the KP Assembly unopposed after the opposition parties withdrew from the contest.
Pervez Khattak of PTI, Maulana Lutfur Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Wajihuzzaman of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) filed nomination papers for the post of chief minister.
Earlier, PTI and its allies, including Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party were trying to get the leader of the House elected by consensus.
However, JUI-F and PML-N were determined to contest for the coveted post.
On Thursday, PML-N leader Sardar Mehtab Abbasi told reporters in a statement that the opposition would not let PTI get its candidate elected unopposed, adding that three opposition parties, including JUI-F, PML-N and ANP, were likely to filed a joint candidate for the contest.
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister-designate Pervez Khattak said the incoming government of PTI would bring result-oriented changes in education, health, power and revenue sectors to eliminate the difference between rich and poor.