Pakistan to name new PM on April 11, Shehbaz Sharif poised to take charge
- Pakistan's parliament voted out Imran Khan as PM
- The parliament will announce the new PM on Monday, April 11,
- Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif is the most likely candidate
The long National Assembly session saw four adjournments prior to the commencement of the no-confidence vote, and saw the Speaker and Deputy Speaker resign from their posts.
Announcing his resignation minutes before the commencement of the vote, Speaker Asad Qaiser said, "In line with our laws and the need to stand for our country, I have decided that I can't remain on the position of speaker and thereby resign."
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Qaiser handed over the charge of the proceedings to panel chairman Ayaz Sadiq, who said, "He [Qaiser] had a very good relationship with all of us, a working relationship. He tried to conduct all these proceedings with dignity and together with the opposition."
Finally, the vote got underway just around midnight, and concluded an hour later with 174 members of the parliament voting for the ouster of the embattled Khan.
Following the confirmation of Khan's departure, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the opposition, Shehbaz Sharif, was tipped to be elected as leader of the house, and is expected to be confirmed as the next Prime Minister later on Monday.
Khan, for his, part called for nationwide protests against his ouster to continue, and reports suggested that PTI supporters had taken to the streets to challenge the parliament's decision. In fact, PTI protesters also gathered outside the assembly in Islamabad to protest the removal of Khan, who chose not to give an address from the assembly and left the Prime Minister's residence by helicopter as the no-confidence vote got underway.
The National Assembly will reconvene at 2pm local time tomorrow to continue with proceedings to elect Pakistan's new leader.