(Bloomberg) — Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan continued in the capital Islamabad to campaign for early elections even as legal problems threatened to derail his political career.
Khan, who had promised to arrive in Islamabad this Friday with a large group of supporters, had to halt his march for several hours on Sunday after a journalist was killed in an accident involving the convoy. of the former cricket star.
The former prime minister — who was ousted from power after a no-confidence vote in April — faces his biggest challenge since the election watchdog ruled that he was disqualified as a candidate. -law enforcement for not disclosing the money she received from buying gifts from him. outsiders during their stay. Khan is expected to appear in the Islamabad High Court on November 10 to appeal the dismissal, news channel Dunya TV reported.
However, the former prime minister continues to garner massive public support at his rallies, and his party has won several by-elections since his ouster. Over the weekend Khan won another by-election to fill a seat in the lower house of parliament.
The political crisis comes at a time when Southeast Asians are dealing with a struggling economy. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the country to negative credit amid concerns about credit ratings. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more than three years, and most dollar-denominated bonds are trading at heavy levels.
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