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Allies abandon Pakistani PM ahead of vote

Parliamentarians appear poised to push Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan out of power in an upcoming no-confidence vote after a small but key coalition partner abandoned him and joined the opposition.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has only five seats but their move puts the number of Khan’s opponents in parliament at well over the 172 needed to oust him in the vote, to be held sometime next week.

It seemed likely to be the terminal blow to Khan, who already faces a revolt by a dozen MPs from his own Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party who have publicly pledged to vote against him.

Nasreen Jalil, a leader of the MQM party, announced the decision to reporters on Wednesday.

Khan, who came to power in 2018 by getting 176 votes of the 342-seat lower house of parliament, was expected to address the public on Wednesday night.

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