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Pakistani lawmakers will vote for a new prime minister Friday, with World Cup cricket hero and election victor Imran Khan expected to become the nuclear-armed country's new leader-in-waiting after weeks of working to form a coalition.

PTI candidates were also voted Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly this week, putting Khan in a strong position to carry forward his legislative agenda.

Khan, clad in a waistcoat and traditional white shalwar kameez garments, smiled broadly and could be seen wiping tears from his eyes while clutching prayer beads as the count was announced.

Paying his condolences, Imran Khan said that Vajpayee's death has created a void and his effort will always be remembered.

Inflation rate drops to 11.14% in July-NBS
This is 5.7 per cent lower than in the same month previous year , an between May and June 2018, transactions fell by 3 per cent. The average United Kingdom house price was £228,000 in June, £1,000 up on the month before and £6,000 than in June 2017.

After the session, the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician went to his chamber in parliament and offered Shukranay K Nawafil (prayers of gratitude). The populist Tehrik-e-Insaf party got most seats in the July 25 vote but fell short of a majority in the 342-seat house.

The PTI chairman will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Saturday by President Mamnoon Hussain. Imran Khan has this privilege due to a fallout among opposition parties.

Khan's election was only the second democratic transfer of power since Pakistan's 1947 independence, and came at a time when relations with on-off ally the United States are fraying over alleged Pakistani support for militants waging war in Afghanistan.

China has also provided billions of dollars in loans to shore up Pakistan's foreign currency reserves, which stand at just over $10.1 billion - enough to cover two months of imports.