Pakistan: Prime Minister Khan loses vote of no confidence

Status: 04/10/2022 00:50

Pakistan’s parliament has overthrown Prime Minister Imran Khan. A majority of MPs voted against the former cricketer star in a vote of no confidence. The opposition accuses him of economic incompetence.

Pakistan’s parliament voted against Prime Minister Imran Khan. In a vote of no confidence, 174 out of 342 MPs voted against the former cricketer star, a speaker of parliament has announced. Supporters of the ruling parties had previously left the room. Khan is the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted by a vote of no confidence.

Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif thanked his supporters for their fight. “Pakistan will rebuild this unity,” Sharif said. The South Asian country had been eagerly awaiting the vote since morning. The Supreme Court ordered the vote scheduled for Thursday after it was overturned nearly a week ago due to alleged unconstitutionality. The subsequent dissolution of parliament by President Arif Alvi was also reversed.

Acting Speaker of Parliament Ayaz Sadiq said the election of a new prime minister was scheduled for Monday.

Accusation: Bad governance and incompetence

The alliance of opposition politicians behind the vote of no confidence accuses Khan of poor governance and incompetence on economic issues. More recently, the prices of food, gasoline or gas in South Asia’s nuclear power plant, which has a population of around 220 million, have risen massively. The Prime Minister was thwarted by the corona pandemic, which caused a massive economic crisis in the country.

Instead of lifting the country out of its misery, Khan recently had to meet the strict requirements of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with new taxes and tax increases in order to obtain funds again.

Observers feared a military coup

Khan had only a narrow majority in parliament. Pakistan has been ruled for more than half of its existence by the military, which has taken power four times. Some observers have expressed concern that a prolonged standoff will force him to intervene.

Others thought it unlikely. In fact, the military would rather civilians take responsibility for the current economic misery, Pakistani expert Michael Kugelman wrote in Foreign Policy.

Imran Khan ousted: Pakistani PM loses vote of no confidence

Peter Hornung, ARD New Delhi, April 9, 2022 11:20 p.m.

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