Imran Khan to be sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister

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He is in the neighbouring country as a guest for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan who will take oath as the next Prime Minister of the country on August 18.

The July 25 election was branded "Pakistan's dirtiest", after accusations through the campaign that the military was trying to tilt the playing field against the PML-N and in Khan's favour. Khan, who will be sworn in on Saturday, has yet to announce his cabinet.

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Imran Khan has this privilege due to a fallout among opposition parties.

Pakistani cricketing legend-turned-politician Imran Khan was elected head of the government on Friday when lawmakers in the lower house - the National Assembly - of parliament voted for a new prime minister.

"Legislative business will be hard for him", said Raza Ahmad Rumi, editor of the Daily Times newspaper.

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Murtaza Abbasi, a PMLN legislator, said in parliament that Mr Khan was "brought here by aliens", a euphemism for the military.

In the lead-up to the election, Khan was widely seen as the favoured candidate of the "powerful" military, which was accused of meddling against his rivals. The army and Khan have denied the claims. "You had said that if rigging in 2013 elections would be proven, Nawaz Sharif's government should resign".

Khan shot back that he had "struggled 22 years" to become premier.

He briefly centered his attention towards the protesting opposition and reminded them of their failure to address his concerns when he raised his voice against election rigging during the PML-N government following 2013 general elections. "I got here on my own".

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, or PTI, has been in the fringes of Pakistan's politics for most of the 20 years of its existence.

China has also provided billions of dollars in loans to shore up Pakistan's foreign currency reserves, which stand at just over $10.1 billion - enough to cover two months of imports.