Pakistan's parliament overwhelmingly voted to elect former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's interim prime minister following the ousting of former leader Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, CNN reported.
Abbasi's appointment is temporary until Sharif's younger brother, Shahbaz, likely wins a future special election. The younger Sharif cannot immediately take office because he is currently serving as the chief minister of Punjab and isn't yet a Parliament member. He's expected to win an election for the prime minister's seat in Punjab within the next two months.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the Muslim League N-party has stepped down after the country's Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that corruption charges "disqualified" him from serving.
In a brief statement, Shariff's office confirmed the prime minister's stepping down despite his reservations about the court order. A spokesperson added that justice has not been done with Sharif, but that he resigned from the top post to show respect for the judiciary and rule of law.
This isn't the first time that Pakistan's Supreme Court dished out disqualification charges. In 2012, the court similarly convicted then-Premier Yusuf Raza Gilani in a contempt case which lead to his dismissal.
Shariff's case, however, dates back to 2016 when leaked documents from a Panama-based law firm indicated that the prime minister's son owned multiple offshore companies. The Muslim League-N party is expected to name a new prime minister.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.