12 Feb 2024
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have reportedly settled on a power-sharing deal as each party will hold the prime minister office for half of the five-year term, sources said on Monday.
The party with the most seats will take the premiership for the first three years, followed by another party for the remaining two years.
According to sources, the PPP has also agreed to back its support for Maryam Nawaz as Punjab CM.
The idea was put forward by both parties during their first huddle on Sunday at Lahore's Bilawal House following the general elections across the country on February 8.
The meeting was attended by the PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Shehbaz Sharif from the PML-N.
During the meeting, the PML-N leadership put forth its demand to retain the prime minister slot, while former president Asif Zardari asserted that the PPP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) has already nominated Bilawal for the coveted post.
According to sources, major parties have reached an agreement to establish coalition governments at the central and in Punjab, and Balochistan provinces.
Sources said the former allied parties have proposed to formulate a five-year roadmap under the Charter of Democracy, a document signed by the two parties in 2006.