Former cricket legend Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistan Prime Minister

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"These are very special moments". Sidhu reached Lahore via Wagah border and will arrive in Pakistan for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled for Saturday.

Pakistani lawmakers will vote for a new prime minister today, 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. It garnered nearly 17 million votes, trouncing the Pakistan Muslim League, the incumbent governing party of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with just under 13 million ballots.

He said, "I have come to Pakistan on my friend's [Imran] invitation".

Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses an election rally in Karachi, Pakistan on July 22, 2018.

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Malala Yousufzai was quick to congratulate the new prime minister.

Imran Khan, the in-waiting prime minister, has planned to change the chiefs of Federal Board of Revenue, NEPRA, Railways, Pakistan International Airlines and other institutions. Khan's only challenger could be Shahbaz Sharif, but his Pakistan Muslim League party won only 92 seats in last month's elections.

The former cricketer, who captained Pakistan to World Cup victory in 1992, won the July 25 election but fell short of an outright majority, forcing him to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.

Talking about the qualities of Mr Khan, the former cricketer said: "I have seen Khan converting his weaknesses into his strength".