ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday won a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament, the speaker said.

Khan won 178 votes in the 341-seat National Assembly, well above the 172 votes he needed to survive.

On Wednesday, Khan announced to seek a vote of confidence from Parliament after his party’s unexpected defeat on a key Senate, upper house, seat from the capital Islamabad.

Yousaf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the opposition alliance, won the seat in an embarrassing upset.

The ruling party candidate, Hafeez Shaikh, lost despite having majority in the National Assembly — which indicates the prime minister’s own aides voted for the opposition candidate.

Members of the National Assembly choose senators from Islamabad for a period of six years in a secret ballot.

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