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WORLD Shehbaz Sharif is New Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shehbaz Sharif is New Prime Minister of Pakistan

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Mr. Shehbaz Sharif will be the new Prime Minster of Pakistan after successfully removing Mr. Imran Khan from his post through a non confidence motion. Mr. Khan remained in power for almost four years and will continue to be a part of the opposition.

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Over the last few days, the incumbent prime minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan was under a lot of pressure because many of his own party members had started to desert him. There were speculations that he doesn't have much support left and therefore, a non confidence motion was introduced in the house by the opposition political party. A non confidence motion is a special kind of resolution which asks the government in power to show that it has the numbers required to run the government. After a non confidence motion was introduced, Mr. Imran Khan even tried to dodge it by calling for early elections which was again struck down by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Now since he has failed to show majority, his government will sit in the opposition and Mr. Shehbaz Sharif will be the new face of Pakistan's Prime Minister.

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Isn't it interesting that in a democracy, it is important that a leader as support of his allies and party members even after he/she has won the elections? A non confidence motion, if used properly, can be a tool to oust a government which has no support of its own allies. That is exactly what has happened with Imran Khan and with Mr. Sharif in power, it will be interesting to see how things unfold here for Pakistan from here.