On Friday, the Pakistani parliament elected a new prime minister — Raja Pervez Ashraf, the controversial nominee from the country's ruling party, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Ashraf, a former cabinet minister, was a "contentious choice" because he has been "dogged by corruption accusations, and partly blamed for the severe electricity crisis that triggered violent riots in Punjab, the country's most populous province, early this week." Ashraf's nomination and election came after an arrest warrant on drug charges was issued for the PPP's first choice for the office, Makhdoom Shahabuddin.
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