Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Imran Khan is no longer PM as opposition vote of no confidence succeeds

Imran Khan has been removed from his position as prime minister (PM) after a no-confidence resolution brought by opposition parties against him was successful on Sunday.

A no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan received 174 votes, which was the highest number ever recorded. This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a no-confidence resolution against an elected prime minister has been successful in the country’s parliament.

In other words, the process of voting on the no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan was finished earlier. Following the resignation of the National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker, Ayaz Sadiq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was appointed to lead a panel of the chairman of the house, which began deliberations on the topic.

It was necessary to adjourn the session four times throughout the day, and members from both the Treasury and opposition benches voiced their opinions. The session began at 10.30 a.m.

The unified opposition requires the support of at least 172 members of parliament from a total of 342 members in order to remove the premier through a no-trust motion.

Asad Qaiser, the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), and Qasim Suri, the Deputy Speaker, both resigned from their positions on Saturday.

According to the latest developments, both the National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker have resigned from their positions rather than voting on the no-confidence resolution.

Immediately prior to tendering his resignation, Qaiser stated that he had received “vital documents” from the cabinet, which he had invited to see him as well as the leader of the opposition and Pakistan’s Chief Justice.

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“In accordance with our laws and the duty to stand up for our country, I have determined that I am unable to continue in the post of speaker and, as a result, I have resigned.”

“Because this is a national obligation and it is the Supreme Court’s ruling, I will delegate the running of the session to the panel’s chairman, Ayaz Sadiq,” Qaiser explained.

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