After a tussle of power which lasted longer than a month, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has finally strengthened its grip on its power in Punjab. A month and a half after the chief ministership election in the Punjab Assembly, the new provincial cabinet members were sworn in and took their oath. This took place because President Arif Alvi green-lighted the appointment of PML-N’s Muhammad Balighur Rehman as Punjab’s governor, ending a drawn-out political limbo, or at least it appears for now.

In many ways, irrespective of politics, this is a positive development because it means the deadlock in the Punjab government has subsided and the provincial assembly can finally function. How long this stability will last is now largely dependent on how well the new leadership plays its hand. There are a lot of vulnerabilities at hand. This, like the national assembly, is a coalition government which united with only one goal to oust the existing PTI majority.

Now that that has been achieved, the new government will have to proceed by keeping all the various factions within the coalition happy. The cabinet swearing is a part of that, but what is concerning is how there has not been an official announcement on part of Punjab’s authorities, nor have the portfolios for the new ministers been released. This may be one of the calculated risks of the new government but it is hoped that in the plays for politics, merit is not forsaken in the ministry appointment.

Another uncertainty looming large for the assembly is the PTI dissidents disqualified at the hands of the Supreme Court. With by-elections set to take place on 20 seats next month, there is still the concern that the remaining PTI MPAs will not allow the assembly sessions to proceed smoothly and walk out to win leverage in the by-elections. However, if the new government plays it smartly, it can use the lack of opposition to its advantage and prioritise its main function—which is passing meaningful legislation.