Pakistan elects Hussain president

AFP-JIJI

Pakistan on Tuesday elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain as the 12th president of the nuclear-armed state, replacing unpopular Asif Ali Zardari, whose five-year term expires in September.

Lawmakers from both houses of the legislature and four provincial assemblies voted Hussain into the ceremonial post in a move that will cement the authority of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The election completes a historic transition of power.

Sharif in May won a commanding victory in a general election, which marked the first time a Pakistani civilian government had completed a full term in office and handed over to another at the ballot box.