Pakistan’s top court has ruled that a move to block a parliamentary vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan was unconstitutional.
Khan will now face a no-confidence vote by lawmakers that he had tried to sidestep.
The decision on Thursday came after four days of hearings by the top court.
Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and was on the verge of being forced from office by a no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition on Sunday. But the deputy speaker of parliament threw out the motion, ruling it was unconstitutional and part of a foreign conspiracy. Khan then dissolved parliament.
The standoff has thrown the country of 220 million people, ruled by the military for extended periods since independence in 1947, into a full-blown constitutional crisis.
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