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Islamabad, September 01, 2013
First Published: 11:15 IST(1/9/2013)
Last Updated: 15:18 IST(1/9/2013)
Agra-born Mamnoon Hussain to be sworn in as Pak president on Sept 9
Pakistan president-elect Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on September 9.
The oath taking ceremony, scheduled to be held at Aiwan-i-Sadr at 2.30pm, is to be attended by prime minister Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and foreign ambassadors, Online news agency reported.
He will replace president Asif Ali Zardari, who retires on September 8 following completion of his five-year term.
Hussain, 73, was born in Agra and belongs to an Urdu-speaking ethnic group that migrated from India during partition in 1947.
The textile businessman served as governor of Sindh for about four months in 1999, but otherwise has not been a prominent figure in national politics.
A close aide of Sharif, he was elected as the 12th president of Pakistan on July 30.
In brief comments after being elected, Hussain had told reporters he would work for strengthening the federation. "I am no longer affiliated with one party as I am the president of Pakistan."
Hussain, who will be president for five years, had resigned his membership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) soon after the election results were announced. This was seen as a symbolic move by Hussain to establish himself as a non-partisan president.
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