Is Pakistan’s PM Khan losing his political grip?

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Islamabad’s political circles experienced a tumultuous week, even for Pakistani standards. On Saturday, March 6, 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan asked lawmakers from the lower house of the country’s parliament for a vote of confidence. The PM secured 178 votes out of the 171 currently required to win the open ballot. Khan obviously felt that this move was necessary after a ‘surprise’ electoral defeat in the Senate polls three days earlier. Opposition parties – foremost the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) of former PM Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari – were able to achieve majority (53 seats vis-à-vis 47 for the ruling alliance) in the upper house. Put simply and somewhat downplaying the whole complexity of electoral regulations, Senate elections seek legislators in the provincial assemblies to elect senators to represent their provinces – the National Assembly/NA also elects a Senator to represent the capital, Islamabad. It goes without saying that such elections, especially for the capital’s Senate seat, are extraordinary contested. […]

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2021
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 09:53
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Pakistan, Parlament, Parlamentswahl
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, Premierminister Imran Khan, Vertrauensvotum, Macht, Opposition, Wahlordnung, Senatoren, Nationalversammlung / Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan, vote of confidence, power, opposition, electoral regulations, senators, National Assembly
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Series: Themen > SADF Comment
Volume: 208
Additional Information: DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5617.C208 (der Erstausgabe)