Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi was elected as the 13th President of Pakistan, the result data from the Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed. Alvi secured the lion’s share of votes from the 1,100 that were cast on Tuesday with the founding member of the PTI garnering nearly twice as many votes as Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam – F chief Fazal-ur-Rehman who was supported by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz, according to a press release from the ECP. Pakistan Peoples Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan was in the third spot.
In his victory speech, Alvi said, “I am grateful to God that the PTI-nominated candidate has been successful in the presidential race today. I am also thankful to Imran Khan for nominating me for such a big responsibility.” He also stated he hoped that “fortunes of the poor” are turned around during his five-year term. “From today I am not just a president that was nominated by the PTI but I am the president of the entire nation and all parties. Each party has an equal right on me,” said Alvi.