Pakistan: Prime Minister Khan defeated in a no-confidence vote

Status: 04/10/2022 00:50 am

Pakistan’s parliament has fired Prime Minister Imran Khan. In a no-confidence vote, a majority of parliamentarians voted against the former cricket star. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

Pakistan’s parliament has voted against a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Speaker of Parliament announced that 174 out of 342 MPs in the no-confidence vote voted against the former cricket star. Supporters of the ruling party had earlier left the hall. Khan was the first Prime Minister in the history of Pakistan to be ousted by a no-confidence vote.

Opposition leader Shebaz Sharif thanked supporters of the protest. Sharif said Pakistan would rebuild this unity. The South Asian country has been eagerly waiting for the vote since morning. The Supreme Court ordered a scheduled referendum on Thursday after the vote, which was allegedly unconstitutional, was canceled almost a week ago. Parliament was subsequently dissolved by President Arif Alvi.

The election to elect the new head of government will take place on Monday, the caretaker Speaker of Parliament Ayas Sadiq said.

Accusation: Poor management and incompetence

A coalition of opposition politicians holding a no-confidence vote accuses Khan of poor governance and incompetence on economic issues. Most recently, food, gasoline or gas prices have skyrocketed in the South Asian nuclear power plant, which has a population of about 220 million. The Prime Minister was overwhelmed by the corona epidemic that caused a massive economic crisis in the country.

Instead of pushing the country out of its misery, Khan recently had to meet the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s dire needs to be re-funded with new taxes and tax increases.

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Observers feared a military coup

Khan had only a slim majority in parliament. More than half of Pakistan was ruled by an army that seized power four times. Some observers expressed fears that a long stalemate might force it to intervene.

Others thought this was not possible. In fact, Pakistani expert Michael Kugleman wrote in foreign policy that the military wants the public to take responsibility for the current economic crisis.

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