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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistan's Lawmakers Elect Bhutto Supporter as Premier

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's parliament elected Yousaf Raza Gilani, a former house speaker and a longtime aide to the late opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, as the nation's new prime minister Monday.

Gilani immediately shook the hand of Bhutto's son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who wiped tears from his face and smiled. His mother held the post of prime minister twice before being killed in a suicide attack in December.

Cheers of "Long live Bhutto, BB is still alive!" rang out through the parliament. Lawmakers embraced Gilani as he made his way to the prime minister's lectern.

"Democracy has been revived because of the sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto," said Gilani, 55, in his first remarks as prime minister.

He said his first move would be to ask the National Assembly to pass a resolution seeking a UN probe into Bhutto's death.

"We didn't get here out of charity. This moment came because of continued struggle and martyrdom," he said.

Gilani spent five years in prison under President Pervez Musharraf.

The assembly voted 264 to 42 to confirm Gilani over Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, a pro-Musharraf candidate. He will be sworn in Tuesday by Musharraf.

Gilani will then proceed to form a new government, dominated by the U.S.-backed president's foes, who vow to slash his sweeping powers and review his counterterrorism policies.

Gilani has also promised to restore judges purged when Musharraf declared a state of emergency in November.

"I will demand the immediate release of all the arrested judges," Gilani told parliament.