Prime Minister Khan is gone: Pakistan’s political crisis explained in 400 words | Explanatory news
Khan became the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be dismissed by a vote of no confidence.
Imran Khan’s tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan ended on Sunday after days of constitutional chaos that left him with no choice but to resign or be removed from office.
Pakistan’s lower house of parliament will meet on Monday to vote for a new interim prime minister.
This is the first time that a motion of no confidence against a Prime Minister of Pakistan has succeeded.
How was Khan ousted by a vote of no confidence?
Khan was thrown out of parliament days after blocking a similar attempt.
The no-confidence motion, which required 172 votes in the 342-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 174 parliamentarians.
The passage of the motion came after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that Khan, who came to power in 2018, had acted unconstitutionally by stalling the process and dissolving parliament.
In a historic verdict late Thursday, the court restored the house which had been dissolved by President Arif Alvi on Khan’s recommendation.
Khan alleged the opposition colluded with the United States to overthrow him and called on his supporters to hold nationwide rallies on Sunday.
Since independence in 1947, no Pakistani prime minister has completed a five-year term in the country.
What led to the downfall of leader Khan?
Khan’s political demise was rooted in new twin realities. In parliament, his Pakistani party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had lost the support of coalition allies, denying him the majority he needed to defeat the vote of no confidence.
Outside parliament, Khan appeared to lose the support of Pakistan’s powerful military, which the opposition say helped him win the 2018 general election. They had recently publicly fallen out over senior military appointments. rank and political decisions.
In recent weeks, as the main opposition parties – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – have intensified their efforts to unseat Khan, coalition allies have expressed their displeasure from his view.
Meanwhile, a deepening economic crisis contributed to Khan’s discontent with double-digit inflation lasting much of his tenure.
Who will be Pakistan’s next PM?
Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is widely expected to replace Khan.
The 70-year-old is little known outside his country but has a national reputation as an efficient administrator rather than a politician.
In an interview last week, he said good relations with the United States were essential for Pakistan, for better or for worse, in stark contrast to Khan’s recently adversarial relationship with Washington.