Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan ousted in assembly no-confidence vote

Opposition members secured just enough votes to throw Khan out.

Updated: April 9, 2022 - 4:51pm

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was tossed out of office early Sunday morning in Pakistan, with the country's main legislative body voting by a bare majority in favor of a no-confidence measure directed at the now-former leader. 

Members of the opposition party in Pakistan's National Assembly voted 174-168 in favor of the no-confidence resolution, securing a razor-thin margin in favor of throwing out Khan, a former cricket star turned political leader. 

Members of Khan's party had earlier staged walkouts in opposition to the process. The parliamentarian speaker of the house had also resigned in protest.

While no Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full term in the country's 75-year history, Khan is the first Pakistani prime minister to be removed from office through a no-confidence measure. The prime minister had earlier tried to dissolve parliament in an attempt to head off efforts to oust him. 

Critics had alleged that Khan had mismanaged the country's economic affairs. Khan, meanwhile, has called upon his supporters to stage nationwide demonstrations in opposition to the efforts to unseat him.