ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday congratulated his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau after the latter won Canada’s elections.
Taking to Twitter, PM Khan felicitated Trudeau and said that he looked forward to working with him in the future.
“Congratulations to Justin Trudeau for winning the elections in Canada. I look forward to working with him,” he tweeted.
Congratulations to Justin Trudeau for winning the elections in Canada. I look forward to working with him.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 22, 2019
It was a tough election campaign for the Canadian prime minister who was dogged with allegations. Trudeau managed to secure a minority government after the election results were announced.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party held onto power in a nail biter of a Canadian general election on Monday, but as a weakened minority government.
Television projections declared the Liberals winners or leading in 156 of the nation’s 338 electoral districts, versus 122 for his main rival Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives, after polling stations across six time zones closed.
Trudeau will have to form an alliance as early as Tuesday with one or more smaller parties in order to govern a fractured nation.
The first test of his future government will follow in the coming weeks with a speech to parliament outlining his legislative priorities and a confidence vote.
Going into the election Trudeau’s golden boy image had already been damaged by ethics lapses in the handling of the bribery prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
His popularity took a further hit with the emergence during the campaign of old photographs of him in blackface makeup. At one rally, the Canadian prime minister was forced to wear a bulletproof vest due to a security threat.
Some 27.4 million Canadians were eligible to vote in the election, and the turnout was reported to have been large, at almost 65 percent.