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Pakistan PM, Imran Khan, swept aside after losing confidence vote

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has been swept out of office after 174 members of parliament voted against hi a few days after he had blocked a similar attempt.

The former Cricket star turned politician was deposed on Saturday by a no-confidence vote in the parliament, after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that he had acted unconstitutionally by previously using his veto power to block the process and dissolving parliament.

The no-confidence motion, which required 172 votes in the 342-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 174 politicians, including members of his own party, ending Khan’s three and half years in power.

The defiant Khan has accused the opposition of colluding with the United States to unseat him, calling on his supporters to stage nationwide rallies from on Sunday.

“I will not accept an imported government. I’m ready for a struggle,” Khan had said while addressing his supporters.

With the deposition of the 69-year-old PM, Khan had become the first Prime Minister in the country’s history to be overthrown through a vote of no confidence which is the only constitutional way to remove the head of government in Pakistan.

However, it is on record that no Pakistani Prime Minister has ever completed a five-year term in office in the country’s 75-year history.

Khan’s political troubles and eventually removal took roots when his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost the support of coalition allies, denying him the majority he needed to defeat the vote of no-confidence.

Outside of parliament, Khan also lost the support of Pakistan’s powerful military, which the opposition alleged helped him win the 2018 general election, and had recently publicly fallen out with the Prime Minister over senior military appointments and policy decisions.

Before his eventual removal, principal opposition parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), had ramped up efforts to dislodge Khan, with coalition allies becoming vocal in their dissatisfaction with him.

The opposition parties also accused Khan of failing to revive an economy battered by COVID-19 or fulfil promises to make Pakistan corruption free.

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Transport cleaning staff in UK to join strike train over pay – union

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As industrial actions continue to across the United Kingdom, cleaners have joined other transport workers to strike over pay in Britain, the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union.

The union made the position known on Saturday, stressing that its members, working as cleaners throughout the transport network, had voted to hold their first national strike action.

Over 1,000 contracted-out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Italian Servest, and Mitie are said to be eligible to strike.

The union is demanding that the cleaners be paid 15 pounds ($18.14) an hour, with sick pay, holiday entitlement, and better pensions.

Industrial actions have been on the rise in Britain lately with railway workers, nurses, doctors, and teachers, as well as emergency services, postal services, and telecoms workers have either on strike or planning action.

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Britain introduces policy to reduce influx of international students

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Britain in an attempt to manage the influx of Africans into Europe has introduced plans to reduce the rate of immigration to the United Kingdom by limiting the number of foreign students entering the country.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that approximately 560,000 people migrated to the UK as of June. This marked a sharp increase from the comparable period last year, driven by the influx of Ukrainian refugees.

Under the new arrangement, there will be limitation on the number of family members that international students are allowed to bring into the country.

The policy move would be a reversal of the 2019 International Education strategy which sought to boost the country’s education exports to £35 billion per year.

Africa, particularly Nigeria has a large number of students in the United Kingdom. Nigerians consistitute a third non-EU country with the most students in the UK with 21,305 students currently enrolled in UK institutions, ahead of the United States with 19,220 students.

China and India with 143,820 and 84,555 students respectively have the highest number of students in the UK.

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