The Pakistani parliament passed a vote of no-confidence against Imran Khan as prime minister.
why does it matter: While No ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan He has completed a full five-year term, and the former cricket star is the first to be removed from office in a vote of no confidence, The New York Times Notes.
In numbers: The motion passed early Sunday local time in the 342-seat parliament by 174 votes – more than was required for a simple majority, the Guardian reported. Washington Post.
News leadership: The country’s supreme court He said Thursday that the vote should take place after the actions of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Khan were discovered Withholding a motion of no confidence against him last week were unconstitutional, BBC reports.
- Khan has seen several splits lately – particularly a major ally Withdrawal from the ruling coalitionWhich cost him last month a majority in Parliament.
The Big Picture: he is He took office in 2018. After standing as an anti-establishment politician, he pledged to eradicate corruption in politics, but opposition parties said he failed to do so, according to Al Jazeera.
- Opposition leaders also accused Khan of mismanaging the economy amid rising inflation in the country, according to The New York Times.
What’s Next: Elections are scheduled to take place within the next six months.
- Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League who led the campaign against Khan, is expected to become interim prime minister, according to The Washpost.
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