Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan ousted in no-confidence vote

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’ s Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from power on Sunday with a no confidence motion in the parliament after several of his allies and a key coalition party deserted him.

The opposition party won the vote and will now form the new government. Parliament will meet on Monday to elect a new prime minister who will be able to hold power until the next election is held on October 2023.

His allies have withrawn support for him as he failed to address economy issues and deliver his campaign promises.

On Saturday, Khan said he would not recognise an opposition government that was “imported”, calling the vote a “foreign-funded drama”.

Meanwhile, Opposition parties were able to secure 174 votes in the 342-member house in support of the no-confidence motion, making it a majority vote, according to Reuters.

Khan accused the United States of backing the opposition to oust him because he had visited Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin just after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, reports said.


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