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Pakistan's Khan wins vote of confidence to save prime minister post

With opposition abstaining, political instability to impact Belt and Road projects

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, seen here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2020, survived the confidence vote on Saturday, to ensure the continuance of his government.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan secured a vote of confidence by a narrow margin during a special session of the National Assembly on Saturday, gaining 178 votes, six more than the minimum required to save his position.

The need for a vote of confidence emerged after the government candidate -- incumbent Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh -- for the Senate seat from Islamabad lost in the election on Wednesday. Since the National Assembly is the same electoral college for prime minister, Khan had to secure a vote of confidence to ensure the continuity of his government.

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