Thursday, March 20, 2008

NA elects first ever woman Speaker

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Fehmida Mirza has been elected the first ever woman speaker of the National Assembly (also the first ever Muslim woman speaker of any legislature) and Faisal Karim Kundi has been elected as the Deputy Speaker.

Dr Fehmida Mirza received 249 out of 324 votes, of which 319 were valid and five votes were declared invalid. Asrar Tareen, the opposition nominee, received 70 votes. Faisal Karim Kundi bagged 246 votes defeating of PPPP Mrs Khush Bakht Shujat of PML, who received 68, in the election of the Deputy Speaker.

Dr Fehmida Mirza hails from Badin in Sindh and has been winning elections continuously since 1997. She is the wife of Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, a close friend of PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

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