The Pakistani Parliament withdrew confidence from Prime Minister Imran Khan. During the night from Saturday to Sunday, 174 of the 342 delegates supported a vote of no-confidence against the former cricket idol. This was announced by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. A successor to Khan will be chosen on Monday.
Khan is the first prime minister in the history of Pakistan to be overthrown in this way. He was accused of poor leadership and incompetence in economic matters. Food and fuel prices, among other things, have skyrocketed in the Asian country of about 220 million people. The Corona crisis played an important role in this.
Supporters of the ruling parties did not wait for the result and left the hall prematurely. Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif thanked the attendees for their support in this struggle. “This unity will rebuild Pakistan,” he said.
The people of Pakistan have been eagerly awaiting the vote since the early hours of the morning. The Supreme Court ordered his retention on Thursday, after he was rehearsed for nearly a week as unconstitutional. Parliament speaker Asad Qaiser, who is close to Khan, also caused delays on Saturday, even unexpectedly resigning just before midnight, paving the way for the vote.
The government district in Islamabad was guarded by hundreds of security officials after dark. The containers blocked roads leading to the parliament building for several days, fearing violent protests.
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