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Pakistan PM Khan seeks election after no-confidence vote blocked

Opposition, which looked set to take power, vows to fight in Supreme Court

A shopkeeper in Islamabad tunes a TV to watch a speech by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 31, ahead of the no-confidence vote.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday headed off a no-confidence vote he looked sure to lose, advising the president to dissolve parliament and call an early election in the nuclear-armed state.

Khan made the announcement shortly after the deputy speaker rejected the no-confidence motion in a surprise turn. The president subsequently dissolved the legislature as recommended.

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