Pakistan gets first woman Leader of Opposition

Pakistan gets first woman Leader of Opposition
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Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's new ambassador to the US, talks to media representatives in Islamabad on November 23, 2011. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on November 23 appointed lawmaker and former information minister Sherry Rehman as the country's new ambassador to the United States, an official said. The appointment came just hours after Gilani asked envoy Husain Haqqani to resign as the government investigates claims that he sought US help, allegedly at the president's behest, to limit the power of the Pakistani military. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman was on Thursday elected as the country’s first Leader of Opposition in the Senate.

Rehman’s office confirmed the news in a tweet.

“I would like to thank Chairman PPP Bilawal (Bhutto Zardari), co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and party peers on this occasion. Congratulations to everyone! The PPP wants everyone to work in unison to ensure the Senate continues to deliver,” Sherry Rehman shared in a video message.

PPP chairman Bilawal Zardari took to Twitter earlier to express hope that the party Vice President would make history by becoming the first woman to lead the opposition in the Senate.

—IANS