Pakistan NA to vote for new PM on Monday

Islamabad, April 10 : The lower house of Pakistan’s parliament the National Assembly will meet on Monday to vote for a new prime minister after it removed Imran Khan from the premiership in a no-confidence vote in the early hours of Sunday, the acting speaking informed, Al Jazeera reports. Ayaz Sadiq, who was presiding over the assembly session in the absence of the ruling party members and its designated speakers, said the nomination papers for candidates should be filed by 11am local time (06:00 GMT) on Sunday. Imran Khan, 69, lost the vote of confidence after being deserted by coalition partners and several party MNAs turning against him, blaming him for a crumbling economy and failure to deliver on his campaign promises. Parliamentary elections in Pakistan are not due until August 2023. The opposition, however has insisted that it wants early elections, but not before it had politically defeated Imran Khan and passed legislations which it says are necessary for holding free and fair elections. ACL0853

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