ISLAMABAD, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the new president of Pakistan on Tuesday.
Official results showed that Mamnoon Hussan, a presidential candidate fielded by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML- N), secured 432 votes whereas Wajihuddin Ahmed, a candidate from the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), got 77 votes.
Local media reported that Mamnoon Hussain has decided to quit PML-N before assuming the presidency.
Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in as the 12th president of Pakistan on September 9, a day after the incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari completes his five-year term.
Mamnoon Hussain currently holds the position of the senior vice- president in the ruling PML-N.
He served for a short time as Governor of Sindh province from June to October 1999. He was removed after the military coup of General Pervez Musharraf in October 1999.
Mamnoon Hussain was born on March 2, 1940 in Agra, India and migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947.
He is a Karachi-based businessman, running a textile business in Sindh province. He graduated from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration in Karachi in 1965.
He is known to be a long-time loyalist of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and was associated with the PML-N through the 1970s and 1980s.
Political analysts said that Hussain was picked for the highest position because of his loyalty to Nawaz Sharif during the difficult time when Musharraf dismissed Sharif and sent him into exile in 1999.
It is also believed that Sharif chose him as he belongs to other province than Sharif's Punjab province. PML-N is weak in Sindh and his selection may be a move to have some political influence in the province. Sindh is the stronghold of the opposition Pakistan People's Party.