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Imran Khan to Seek Pakistan Parliament Vote After Shock Loss

  • Khan’s finance minister Shaikh fails to win upper house seat
  • Premier to seek confidence vote on Saturday to prove majority
Abdul Hafeez Shaikh
Abdul Hafeez ShaikhPhotographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will seek a confidence vote in the National Assembly, or parliament’s lower house, on Saturday after his finance minister lost an election for a seat in the upper house, the biggest test yet for his three-year-old government.

“If I lose the confidence vote, I will happily sit on the opposition benches,” Khan said in a televised speech to the nation. His speech came after his Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh lost a tightly fought battle for a seat in the indirectly elected house of Senate, or upper house, against the opposition-backed former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Without naming, he alleged 15 or 16 of his lawmakers were bribed to vote against the party-backed candidate.