Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan loses vote of no confidence and is ousted from power

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from office last night after losing a vote of no confidence following a 1pm drama, becoming the first elected leader in the country’s history to be impeached by the parliament.

A total of 174 lawmakers from a united opposition voted against the prime minister, above the 172 needed to impeach the 69-year-old former cricketer star, said opposition lawmaker Ayaz Sadiq, who chaired the parliamentary session as chairman of the ruling party, Asad Qaiser and the vice president both resigned shortly before the vote.

As soon as Qaiser announced his resignation, most Treasury members rose and left the House, giving the opposition a clear majority before a vote was even cast.

A new morning begins, says Sharif

The stage is now set for the opposition to elect Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shehbaz Sharif as leader of the chamber and prime minister-elect to lead the South Asian nation until the end of the parliamentary term. in August 2023.

Shehbaz Sharif

“A new morning is beginning, a new day is about to begin,” Sharif told lawmakers after the results were announced. “The prayers of millions of Pakistanis have been heard.”

Khan’s party had prompted multiple adjournments throughout the day to delay the no-confidence motion by repeating its claims of a foreign plot to overthrow his government. Voting finally started just after midnight and Khan was not present when Sadiq announced the results.

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Security guards walk past the parliament building in Islamabad on April 9, 2022.

Khan’s exit was preceded by the departure of his own allies as the opposition blamed him for mismanaging the country – ranging from the economy to foreign policy. The opposition is led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif’s brother, and the Pakistan Peoples Party, jointly led by ex-president Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The vote follows a week of great drama in Pakistan, which was resolved when the Supreme Court intervened on Thursday to overturn Khan’s decision to overturn an earlier no-confidence vote, dissolve parliament and call new elections.

Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was voted in by millions who grew up watching him play cricket, where he excelled as an all-around player and led Pakistan to Cup victory of the world in 1992.

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