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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Fate of Musharraf in Pakistan Still Unclear

The fate of the Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan is still uncertain after the parliamentary elections that were held last month. The PPL (Bhutto's Party) and the PML-N (Nawriz Sharifs' Party), who's leaders were both former prime ministers of Pakistan won significant number of seats in the 342 member national assembly. Pakistan also has a 100 member senate.

The PML-Q Party, who supports Musharraf, suffered defeat in those elections. However, it remains unclear as to if coalitions have been formed which are strong enough to force Musharraf from office. The constitution requires a 2/3 majority vote in the Parliament for a change.

The latest new reports indicate the PPL and the PML-N parties have joined together and wish to move for a vote in Parliament to reinstate the supreme court justices who were removed by Musharraf. It is unclear if they have the number of votes to achieve this action.

President Musharraf has been reported as saying he would convene the Parliament within the next ten days. If the parliament is successful in reinstating the supreme court justices, they could rule that Musharraf's reelection was unconstitutional. They also have to elect a prime minister with several names being discussed. Stay tuned, for there is more to come!

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