A student with a Pakistani flag celebrates at the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 60th Independence Day anniversary in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg News)

Pakistan's President Announces General Elections for July 25

(Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s president on Saturday approved the prime minister’s plan to hold general elections on July 25, according to reports from the Lahore-based newspaper the Nation and Agence France Presse.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who became prime minister in August, had previously said on May 14 that elections would be held that month, but hadn’t specified a date. The Election Commission of Pakistan had proposed holding the vote between July 25 and July 27.

All 342 members of the country’s National Assembly will face voters, which they last did in 2013.

Pakistan’s National Assembly is the lower chamber of its Parliament, which also has a Senate. Senators are chosen by provincial legislators, who’ll also face the country’s more than 100 million voters that day.

Abbasi, a member of the governing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, became prime minister after his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was forced to resign when Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified him on corruption charges.

President Mamnoon Hussain, also a member of the PML-N, formally signed the document setting the date of the election on Saturday.

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