Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has survived efforts to oust him on Sunday, after a no-confidence motion was rejected by the legislative body’s deputy speaker.
Khan was widely expected to be ousted as premier if the no-confidence vote had taken place.
Lawmakers had gathered to vote on the motion, when the deputy speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Qasim Suri blocked the vote, arguing that the vote contradicted Pakistan’s constitution.
“I rule out this no-confidence motion in accordance with the constitution,” said Suri, a Khan loyalist, as the session started.
Prime Minister Khan reacted to the events just minutes after, saying he had advised the president to dissolve assemblies. “When the advice reaches the president, assemblies will be dissolved which will be followed…