Following orders from the Lahore High Court (LHC), Hamza Shahbaz took oath on Saturday as the 21st chief minister of Punjab.
He was administered the oath by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on the directives of the LHC as the CM-elect had sought the high court’s intervention on the matter.
Hamza moved the LHC for the third time on Friday as his oath-taking ceremony was deferred on several grounds despite him being elected with a clear majority of 197 votes from the Punjab Assembly on April 16.
Moreover, just hours before the oath-taking ceremony, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, in a surprise move, “rejected” the resignation of Usman Buzdar saying Constitutional requirements were not fulfilled.
Hamza drove himself to the Governor House, while PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also accompanied the CM-elect.