Pak will have a new PM on Monday; Prime Minister Imran Khan ousted in no-confidence vote

Pakistan will have a new prime minister on Monday when the National Assembly, which adjourned in the early hours of Sunday, meets again to elect a new head of government after Imran Khan was ousted from office by a vote of censorship, becoming the first prime minister in the country’s history to suffer this ignominy.

The Combined Opposition has already nominated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chairman Shehbaz Sharif as the joint candidate to replace Khan.

The marathon work of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, was adjourned in the early hours of Sunday to meet again on Monday at 2 p.m. to elect the new prime minister.

Khan, 69, the country’s 22nd prime minister, was unceremoniously removed from office by the vote of no confidence, becoming the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted by a vote of no confidence.

He was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018 and the vote of no confidence against him passed on April 10, 2022 after which his tenure as Prime Minister came to an abrupt end.

His 1,332-day term as Prime Minister, which began on Saturday August 18, 2018, ended on Sunday April 10, 2022.

The cricketer-turned-politician served as Prime Minister of Pakistan for three years, seven months and 23 days, which in terms of months is around 43 months and 23 days, Geo News reported.

The term of the current House runs until August 2023.

PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq, who chaired the crucial session, said documents for the appointment of the new prime minister could be submitted by 2 p.m. Sunday and the review would take place at 3 p.m.

He convened the session at 11 a.m. on Monday and said the new prime minister would then be elected. However, the National Assembly of Pakistan then informed on its official Twitter account that the House would convene at 2 p.m.

“The session of the National Assembly will meet again on Monday April 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. instead of 11:00 a.m.,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Sadiq was nominated by President Asad Qaiser to chair the session after Imran Khan’s party leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced his resignation as it was not possible for him to continue. .

Sadiq immediately started the voting process.

The joint opposition – a rainbow of socialist, liberal and radically religious parties – won the support of 174 members of the 342-member National Assembly, more than the necessary strength of 172 to oust the prime minister in a a day full of drama and multiple adjournments. of the lower house.

No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term.

Khan was not present in the lower house when the vote was taken. Lawmakers from his party staged a walkout during the vote. However, dissident members of the PTI were present in the house and sat on the government benches.

Khan’s removal triggered the process of electing the new head of the house.

Khan, who came to power in 2018 with a promise to create a Naya Pakistan, has been dogged by allegations of economic mismanagement as his government struggled with depleted foreign exchange reserves and double-digit inflation.

He also apparently lost the support of the mighty military after refusing to endorse the appointment of the head of the ISI spy agency last year. Eventually he agreed, but it soured his ties to the mighty military, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 75-year existence and has so far wielded considerable power. in matters of security and foreign policy.

Khan wanted to keep Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed as spy chief, but the army high command transferred him by appointing the corps commander to Peshawar.


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