Parliament’s lower house to vote on the new leader after it removed Imran Khan from the post of prime minister in a vote of no confidence.
Pakistan’s lower house will meet on Monday to vote on a new prime minister deleted Imran Khan stepped down as prime minister in a vote of no confidence in the early hours of Sunday, the speaker said.
Ayaz Sadiq, chairing the session without ruling party members and designated speakers, said nomination papers for candidates would be submitted by 11 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT). ) on Sunday.
Khan, 69 years old, passed away vote of confidence after being abandoned by his coalition partners, who blamed him for the collapsed economy and the failure to deliver on his campaign promises.
Senator Anwaar ul Haq Kakar of the Awami Balochistan Party (BAP), an ally that withdrew in favor of Khan at the end of March, told Al Jazeera: “In terms of governance, the government has completely failed.
“There has been discontent over the last two years,” he said.
The result of the vote of no confidence, which was the culmination of a 13-hour session that included multiple delays, was announced by Sadiq shortly before 1 a.m. (20:00 GMT on Saturday) by Sadiq.
The National Assembly elections will take place until August 2023. However, opposition have said they want early elections, but only after they lose politically to Khan and pass legislation they say is needed to ensure free and fair follow-up polls.
Khan’s removal prolongs Pakistan’s incredible record of political instability: no prime minister has completed his full term since independence from Britain in 1947, although Khan was the first to be removed through a vote of no confidence.
He came to power in 2018 with the support of the military, but recently lost his parliamentary majority as allies left Khan’s coalition government. There are also signs that he has lost the support of the military, analysts say.
Khan was ousted after more than three years at the helm of the nuclear-armed country of 220 million people, where the military has ruled for nearly half of the country’s nearly 75-year history of independence.
Sunday’s vote followed several postponements in the chamber, called off by lengthy speeches by party members of Khan, who said there was a US plot to remove the cricket star from returning. become a politician.
Sadiq said opposition parties were able to win 174 votes in the 342-member house to support the no-confidence movement.
“Therefore, the motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan has been passed,” he said with a thud of a table in the room.
Khan, who was not present for the vote, was not immediately available for comment.
Only a handful of lawmakers from Khan’s ruling party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or the Pakistan Justice Movement – were present to vote.
The the forerunner becoming Pakistan’s next prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, said Khan’s removal was an opportunity for a fresh start.
“A new dawn has begun… This coalition will rebuild Pakistan,” Sharif, 70, told parliament.