December 9, 2022
Imran Khan's downfall started

Imran Khan’s downfall started six months ago. These exclusives predicted his fate

Bereft of allies and coalition partners, embattled Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was ousted from power in the early hours of Saturday following a no-confidence vote.

The combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from the left to the radically religious will form the new government in Pakistan, with Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif, the head of one of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, taking over as prime minister.

Khan’s ouster extends Pakistan’s unenviable record for political instability: no prime minister has completed their full term since independence from Britain in 1947, although Khan is the first to be removed through a no-confidence vote.

Though the week-long drama preceding the trust vote plunged Pakistan into a constitutional crisis, Imran Khan’s downfall had been in the making since last year when he crossed swords with the country’s all-powerful army.

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