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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

No-confidence vote against Prime Minister Pakistani parliament

Imran Khan survived a move to oust him as Pakistan’s prime minister, and got a reprieve when the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a motion of no confidence as unconstitutional.

Mr Khan, whose fate was not immediately clear, advised the country’s president to dissolve parliament, leading to new political instability in the nuclear-armed nation of 220 million people.

The opposition immediately promised to challenge the bloc on the ballot, made by a member of the prime minister’s political party, while Mr Khan advised the country’s president to dissolve parliament and called on the nation has to prepare for new elections.

“I have sent advice to the president to dissolve congregations,” Mr Khan, an international cricket champion who became a politician, said in a televised speech, referring to national and state legislators.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party, promised a sit-in in parliament and told reporters: “We are also moving to the Supreme Court today.”

The opposition blames Mr Khan for failing to revive the economy and fight corruption.

Mr Khan said, without citing evidence, that the move to oust him had been orchestrated by the United States, a claim that Washington denies.

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