Imran Khan loses majority as PTI’s key ally MQM-P strikes deal with opposition

Imran Khan Loses Majority 

Imran Khan Loses Majority: Here are the updates on the no-trust vote against Imran Khan: No Prime Minister in Pakistan’s history has seen out a full term, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing the biggest challenge to his rule since being elected in 2018

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s future looked increasingly in doubt today after a key coalition partner switched allegiance ahead of a parliamentary no-confidence vote that could be held as early as this weekend. “Imran Khan is a player who fights till the last ball. There will not be a resignation. There will be a match, both friends and foes will watch it,” tweeted Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry. No Prime Minister in Pakistan’s history has seen out a full term, and Mr. Khan is facing the biggest challenge to his rule since being elected in 2018, with opponents accusing him of economic mismanagement and foreign-policy bungling. Debate on the no-confidence motion is due to start on Thursday, leaving Mr. Khan scrambling to keep his own Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members on side — as well as a slew of minority parties.

Imran Khan loses majority after key ally sides with Opposition

Imran Khan’s no-trust vote: What’s his strategy?

Imran Khan has ordered all PTI legislators to remain absent from the assembly on the day of the vote to mitigate any chance of dissidents secretly supporting the motion to remove him. Absenteeism would not hurt Mr. Khan’s cause because he doesn’t need to win; he just needs to ensure that the opposition cannot get the 172 votes needed to pass the no-confidence motion. Mr. Khan has also filed a petition in the courts seeking lifetime electoral bans against those found to have broken ranks, in a bid to dissuade potential dissidents.

 

Pak PM Imran Khan Loses Majority As Key Ally Strikes Deal With Opposition

Imran Khan no-trust vote: Is the vote close?

Imran Khan faces a tight vote. He became Prime Minister after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), won the most seats in the 2018 general elections. However, the PTI did not have a simple majority by itself and had to form a coalition with other parties. The PTI has 155 members and Khan crossed the 172-vote threshold to be elected prime minister in 2018 with the help of coalition partners. The PTI-led coalition increased its numbers over the past three years.

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Imran Khan no-trust vote: What happens after the vote?

If Imran Khan loses the vote, parliament can continue to function until its five-year tenure ends in August 2023, after which a general election is due within 60 days. There will be a vote in the National Assembly to elect a new Prime Minister to serve until then. Candidates can be put forward by any party with legislators in the assembly. The new Prime Minister can, however, call a general election immediately, without waiting until 2023. Some constitutional analysts say the assembly can be dissolved and a general election held if no candidate can secure a majority of votes to become the Prime Minister.

Imran Khan no-trust vote: How does the no-confidence vote work

Under the Pakistan Constitution, a Prime Minister is elected by a majority of the lower house National Assembly, which has 342 members. A candidate needs a majority of legislators, 172, to vote for him to become Prime Minister. That is the same number of votes against him in a no-confidence vote needed to oust him and dissolve his cabinet. So Mr. Khan could survive a no-confidence vote even if he got fewer votes than the opposition but only if the latter did not get the 172 votes that make up a majority in the 342-seat house.

Imran Khan no-trust vote: One likely option

One card up Imran Khan’s sleeve would be to call an early election — the next one must be held before October 2023. “The best option in this situation would have been fresh elections to enable the new government to handle economic, political and external problems faced by the country,” said political analyst Talat Masood, a retired general.

 

 

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