Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has been ousted from power after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership.
The vote was held past midnight after opposition parties brought a motion against him, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Khan had said he would not recognize an opposition government, claiming — without evidence — that there was a US-led conspiracy to remove him.
The assembly will now appoint a new prime minister. That person will be able to hold power until October 2023 when the next election is due to be held.
Khan becomes the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted by a no-confidence vote.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Khan, 69, had acted unconstitutionally when he blocked the no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament.
This made several opposition members furious, with some accusing the prime minister of treason.
Minutes before the vote started, the speaker of Pakistan’s lower house of parliament — an ally of Khan — announced his resignation. Members of Khan’s party left the building, insisting he was the victim of an international conspiracy.
Opposition parties were able to secure 174 votes in the 342-member house in support of the no-confidence motion, the house speaker said, making it a majority vote.
The former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team was elected prime minister in 2018, and promised to fight corruption and fix the economy.