Pakistani prime minister expelled

Imran Khan’s maneuver to stay in power has failed. Pakistani deputies were preparing, on Saturday, April 9, to overthrow his government. This no-confidence motion comes after the Supreme Court inflicted a bitter setback on the Pakistani prime minister on Thursday. The latter had tried to escape this opposition motion four days earlier by dissolving the National Assembly and calling early general elections.

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The five magistrates of the country’s highest court had ruled unanimously that the plan to prevent the vote of no confidence was unconstitutional and that all subsequent decisions had no legal effect. Thus, the National Assembly had been restored, as well as the government.

At 69 years old, the former glory of cricket can no longer escape impeachment: he lost the majority in the Lower House of Parliament, a victim of defections in his own ranks and within the coalition that had led him until 2018 at the head of this country of 220 million inhabitants, endowed with nuclear weapons.

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“I accept the decision of the Court and respect the Pakistani judicial system”, the prime minister said on Friday night, opening a speech during which he hinted that he would not recognize an opposition government. He also called his followers to come down “peaceably” on the street, Sunday. He took the opportunity to shout at his two great adversaries, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), two groups that shared power with the army for decades and are now united in their fight against the leader. of government

Imran Khan also regretted that the country’s highest court had not taken into account his accusations of“interference” filed against the United States. To justify his refusal to submit to a motion of censure, he had in effect accused Washington of being at the origin of an international conspiracy aimed at overthrowing him, due to his links with China and Russia.

Debt, inflation and unemployment

The opposition, formed by two clans also historical rivals, those of the family of the two former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto – for now allied with an Islamist party – accuses him of being responsible for the economic crisis. main route through the country. Debt, inflation and unemployment have considerably degraded the activity and Imran Khan had to appeal to the International Monetary Fund. In recent days, the Pakistani rupee has plummeted.

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