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Pakistan’s Floundering Democracy

Pakistan’s PM has turned a political crisis into a constitutional one in a bid to retain power. A look at why instability in the country is a risk to the region.

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Pakistan faces yet another political crisis, as it invariably seems to do with every elected leader. The fate of its twenty-second government hangs in the balance.

To ward off a no-confidence motion against his government, Prime Minister Imran Khan got the Deputy Speaker of Parliament (a member of his political party) to dissolve the National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament. Terming the motion as "illegal" and instigated by "foreign conspiracy," he halted the proceedings and declared early elections. The Prime Minister's actions are seen as a blatant contravention of the constitution.

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