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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ousted following no-confidence vote

April 9th, 2022
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 48th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, in Islamabad on March 22, 2022. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has been ousted as the country’s leader following a vote of no-confidence over allegations of economic mismanagement, bringing an end to his tumultuous term in office.

The parliamentary vote saw the former cricket star defeated. The opposition needed a minimum of 172 votes out of the 342 member assembly to oust him.

He did not manage to complete his term in office which was scheduled to end in the summer of 2023.

The vote of no confidence was backed by an alliance of politicians including more than a dozen defectors from his own political party.

The vote initially meant to be held on April 3rd was blocked by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament on the grounds of it being held as part of a ‘foreign conspiracy’ to unseat Khan’s government.

Khan then dissolved Parliament and called for early elections.

However, on Thursday the Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed all these actions as unconstitutional and called for the vote to take place again.

No leader has completed a full five-year term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister since its formation in 1947.

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