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Pakistan's Imran Khan loses no-confidence vote

Opposition's Shehbaz Sharif poised to take over in dramatic reversal of fortune

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, attends a military parade on March 23, amid the country's political crisis.   © AP

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani leader Imran Khan on Sunday lost a no-confidence vote he had nearly avoided by blaming a U.S. conspiracy, opening the door for a change of government in the nuclear-armed nation of 220 million.

Of the 342-seat assembly, 174 members sided against the hitherto prime minister, surpassing the needed 172 votes. Khan, 69, became the first prime minister of Pakistan to be voted out of office.

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