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Pakistan elects new prime minister amid mass protests

Islamabad, Pakistan. File photoNEW DELHI, Apr 11Elections for a new prime minister begin in Pakistan amid allegations of foreign interference in the country's politics, a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan and mass demonstrations in support of Khan and his Tehrik-e-Insaf party. 174 out of 342 members of Parliament voted for a vote of no confidence , surpassing the required minimum of 172 votes by only two votes. This was preceded by a series of postponements and the decision of the Supreme Court. A long way to vote An alliance of opposition parties on March 8 filed a motion of no confidence in the Pakistani prime minister, saying that he lost his parliamentary majority after the departure of several MPs from his party. According to the constitution, the vote on this measure was supposed to take place within 14 days from the moment the proposal was received, but it was postponed due to a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The next meeting date, scheduled for March 28, was canceled due to the death of one of the parliamentarians – the charter of the Parliament of Pakistan states that the first meeting after the death of a member of the National Assembly is limited to prayers for the soul of the deceased and the tribute that fellow legislators wish to pay him.Thousands of supporters of the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan took to the streetsThe meeting, which took place two days later, was interrupted about ten minutes after the start due to the protest of opposition deputies, who demanded that the meeting begin not with protocol questions, but with a vote of no confidence. During the next session of Parliament, already on April 3, the Vice Speaker of the National Assembly suddenly rejected a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling it contrary to article 5 of the constitution. Prime Minister Khan, who addressed the nation a few minutes later, announced that he had advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve parliament, and less than an hour later, the president announced that he had followed the prime minister's advice by dissolving the National Assembly. The opposition parties, in turn, said they did not agree with this decision, and filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Pakistan about the legality of canceling the vote of no confidence and dissolving country's parliament. The court, which debated the case for five days, decided to restore parliament and vote on a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.Ex-Pakistani prime minister claims fight against foreign conspiracy The essence of the claims The opposition accuses Khan's government of uncontrolled inflation, while Khan accuses opposition leaders of trying to remove him from office, as he did not want to put up with their alleged corruption. Khan later said that his independent foreign policy annoyed “foreign powers”, in particular the US, and they financed the opposition's actions on a vote of no confidence. Khan also said that he had received a threatening letter through the Pakistani ambassador in Washington, and US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Liu, at a meeting with the Pakistani ambassador, warned of possible consequences if Khan's party could overcome a vote of no confidence in parliament. In turn, the US State Department stated that Khan's claims that Washington was behind an alleged plot to overthrow his government were untrue.The expert did not rule out rapprochement between the United States and Pakistan under the country's new prime minister. The nomination papers were filed by the president of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (N), Shehbaz Sharif, and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, whose candidacy was supported by Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party. The vote on the candidacy of the new prime minister should take place at 14.00 (12.00 Moscow time). If the personality of Qureshi as the head of the Foreign Ministry is well known outside of Pakistan, then quite a bit is known about the 70-year-old Shehbaz Sharif. Shehbaz is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, who served three times as prime minister of Pakistan . As the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province, Shehbaz Sharif planned and implemented several ambitious infrastructure projects, including Pakistan's first modern public transport system, launched in his hometown of Lahore. Also as Chief Minister of Punjab Province, he worked closely with China on Beijing-funded projects. In contrast to Khan, who accuses the US of interfering in domestic politics, Shehbaz Sharif said that good relations with the United States are crucial for Pakistan. At the same time, the media note that Shehbaz maintains friendly relations with the Pakistani military, who traditionally control the foreign and defense policy of Islamabad. The media also note that Sharif will not act with complete independence as prime minister, as he will have to work on a collective agenda with other opposition in batches.Pakistani officials have been banned from leaving the country without compelling circumstancesPossible problems However, the vote on the candidacy of the prime minister of Pakistan may face some difficulties. In particular, as Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, who also holds the post of vice-chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf, said, today his party may withdraw from the National Assembly. According to him, this issue will be discussed at a meeting of the Tehrik-e-Insaf parliamentary committee scheduled for 12.00 – just two hours before the start of voting on the candidacy of the prime minister. Also, according to Dawn, the voting on the candidacy of the prime minister will take place on the same day a meeting of a special court of the Federal Investigation Agency, which may charge Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza in a case of money laundering in the amount of 14 billion rupees. Thousands of shares in support of Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaf party may also influence the voting process which were held earlier both in the largest cities of Pakistan and in the capitals of many Western countries. As Khan himself noted, “never in our history have such crowds come out so spontaneously and in such numbers, rejecting an imported government led by rogues.” >Pakistan tests Shaheen-3 ballistic missile


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