Pakistani lawmakers elect new president

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Pakistani lawmakers elect new presidentA plainclothes police officer takes photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. Taliban militants disguised as police and armed with guns, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan holding 40 "high profile" inmates Monday night in an apparent attempt to free their colleagues, officials said. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)(Credit: Ishtiaq Mahsud)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of Pakistan’s election commission says lawmakers have elected ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain as the country’s new president.

Fakhruddin Ibrahim says Hussain, who was nominated by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party, received 432 votes Tuesday. His victory was widely expected.

Hussain is a textile businessman from Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province. He briefly served as governor of Sindh in 1999, but has not otherwise played a prominent role in national politics.

Pakistan’s largely ceremonial president is elected by lawmakers in the Senate, National Assembly and the assemblies of the four provinces.

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