Pakistan PM Imran Khan wins vote of confidence

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has won the vote of confidence with 178 votes in a 342 member lower house of Parliament even when this vote has boycotted by opposition parties. A total of 172 votes was needed for a simple majority.

The 68-year-old cricketer-turned-politician had decided to take a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament after his finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was defeated in the closely-fought Senate election. The Opposition demanded the Prime Minister’s resignation after the defeat.

The ruling coalition had 181 members but after the resignation of one of its lawmakers, Faisal Vowda, its strength was reduced to 180. The Opposition coalition has 160 members in the House. One seat was vacant.

Imran Khan also had meetings with leaders of the ruling coalition partners. All allied parties — the MQM, the PML-Q and the GDA pledged their support to him.

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