Imran Khan (69), Prime Minister of Pakistan, was voted by the Pakistani Parliament. Acting Parliament Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq announced Saturday evening (local time) in the capital Islamabad that 174 out of 342 MPs voted against the former cricket-eater in a no-confidence vote.
Pakistan has enjoyed its independence since 1947. Since then, no prime minister has fully implemented his mandate. Khan, however, is the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted after a vote of no confidence. The former prime minister has been in power since 2018.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that Khan illegally dissolved parliament last Sunday and that a vote of no-confidence against him was due to take place on Saturday. Khan tried to get enough support until the last minute to postpone the vote, but to no avail.
Minutes before the vote, National Assembly Speaker Assad Kaiser announced his resignation. He said he investigated a diplomatic report that contained evidence of a foreign plot to overthrow the government.
Khan’s succession will be decided tomorrow. Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is expected to become the new prime minister. The challenges ahead are enormous. For example, the Pakistani economy suffers and attacks by the local Taliban regularly occur. Moreover, the opposition is pushing for new elections.
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