Imran Khan ousted as Pakistan PM in no-confidence motion, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has been removed from power following a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
After days of drama, opposing parties filed a motion against him, and the vote was held after midnight. The motion was first introduced last week, but it was vetoed by the former cricketer by dissolving parliament.
The election was held on Sunday after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of opposition parties, declaring Khan’s actions unlawful.
Shehbaz Sharif, the opposition leader who is anticipated to be named prime minister on Monday, tweeted that Pakistan and its parliament had “finally been released from a critical crisis,” adding, “Congratulations to the Pakistani nation on a new dawn.”
Sharif, a long-time foe of Khan and brother of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, would be able to stay in office until the next election in October 2023 if voted in by parliament.
Imran Khan is the first Pakistani prime minister to be removed from office by a no-confidence resolution, with opposition parties securing 174 votes in the 342-member parliament in support of the motion.
On Sunday evening, his followers are expected to go to the streets.
Imran Khan has previously stated that he would not recognize an opposition administration, saying – without evidence – that he was the victim of a US-led plot to depose him over his failure to support the US on problems involving Russia and China.
He has claimed that Pakistan’s opposition parties are collaborating with foreign powers on numerous occasions. Just before the vote, members of his party (PTI) deserted the premises, claiming he was the victim of an international plot.
The US has stated that these charges are “completely false,” and Khan has never offered any proof.