Imran Khan is sworn into office as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister

Former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn-in as the new prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after he entered politics.

In an emotional speech after the vote, Khan repeated a campaign theme of vowing to stamp out corruption.

Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI won the most seats in Jul 2018 elections and Mr. Khan has become PM with the help of small parties.

On Saturday morning, Mr Khan was tearful and smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of his oath, led by the country’s President Mamnoon Hussain.

First Lady Bushra Imran also attended the ceremony, sitting in the first row next to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser. This was her first public appearance since her marriage with Imran earlier this year. Later, Imran and the first lady met with the participants and received greetings. The first lady was completely draped in a white outfit in addition to wearing a veil.

Members of the 1992 cricket World Cup winning team that Mr Khan captained to victory watched the ceremony alongside senior PTI figures and military officials.

The ceremony, heralding the third consecutive democratic transition in the country’s history, was attended by as many as 500 guests, including interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, members of his cabinet, parliamentarians, chiefs of the three armed forces, foreign diplomats, senior bureaucrats and former Pakistani cricketers.

After the conclusion of the ceremony, PM Imran arrived at the PM House and was presented a guard of honour by a contingent of the Pakistan Army. Imran was later introduced to the staff members.