QUETTA Jan 13: The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday elected Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo the new chief minister of the province, days after former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down ahead of a no-confidence motion against him.
Speaker Raheela Hameed Durrani made the official announcement.
The election took place amid beefed up security in and around the assembly building.
The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo, who secured 41 out of the total 51 votes casted, and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Syed Liaqat Ali , who bagged 13 votes.
Bizenjo is the third chief minister of the province in four and-a-half years.
Another PkMap candidate member Abdul Rahim Ziyaratwal, who had also filed his nominations, had withdrawn from the race.
Following the in-house election, the new leader of the house will take oath of his office at 5 pm.
Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo
Bizenjo, besides his party, had the complete support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl).
Bizenjo was born in Awaran on Januaray 1, 1974, and contested elections for the first time in 2002. He was elected from the PB-41 constituency.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.