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Arif Alvi elected Pakistan’s 13th President

Islamabad, Ruling party candidate Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, replacing Mamnoon Hussain whose five-year term expires in September.

Alvi received a total of 320 votes from the two houses of Parliament and the three provincial assemblies. Results from the Punjab Assembly are awaited.

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal's (MMA) Maulana Fazlur Rehman bagged 159 votes while Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan got 120 votes.

Dr. Arif Alvi was fielded as the presidential candidate by the ruling coalition in the government, led by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Voting via a secret ballot commenced simultaneously to elect the President in all assemblies and the Senate at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

Arif Alvi was born on 29 July 1949. He received a degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery from De'Montmorency College of Dentistry. He completed his Masters in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan in 1975 and Masters in orthodontics in 1984.

He is a dentist by profession and served as the president of the Asia-Pacific Dental Federation and of the Pakistan Dental Association.

He was one of the founding members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). In 1996, he became member of the PTI central executive council for a year.

Alvi ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PS-89 (Karachi South-V) in Pakistani general election, 1997, but was unsuccessful.

In 2001, he became vice president of PTI. He ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PS-90 (Karachi-II) in Pakistani general election, 2002, but was unsuccessful.

He served as the secretary general of PTI from 2006 to 2013. He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-250 (Karachi-XII) in Pakistani general election, 2013.

He became the only PTI member to win a National Assembly seat from Sindh in the 2013 general elections.

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-247 (Karachi South-II) in Pakistani general election 2018.

On 18 August 2018, he was nominated by PTI as its candidate for the office of President of Pakistan.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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