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PML-N candidate frontrunner in Pakistan presidential election

Nine candidates on Wednesday filed nominations for Pakistan’s presidential election, with the ruling PML-N’s India-born nominee Mamnoon Hussain emerging a clear frontrunner for the poll to be held on July 30. Hussain, a close aide of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, went to the Islamabad High Court with PML-N leaders and submitted his nomination papers.

‘I will be the president for everybody. I will resign from my party office if I become president,’ Hussain told reporters. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra filed papers as the PML’s covering candidate. Among the candidates who filed nominations were Raza Rabbani of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party and six independents.

Hussain, a leading businessman from the port city of Karachi, is expected to easily win the poll as the PML-N has a clear majority in the electoral college comprising members of parliament and the four provincial assemblies. Hussain is an old loyalist of Sharif and remained with PML-N during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who exiled Sharif to Saudi Arabia and created a new party by breaking the PML-N.
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