» 02/22/2008, 00.00
Archbishop of Lahore: “the ballot box has decided, now let us work for democracy”
President of the Bishop’s Conference, msgr. Lawrence John Saldanha, underlines that the election results have clearly shown the will of people for a civilian and constitutional management of power. A deal is reached between the Popels Party and Muslim League.
Sharif withdraws party from coalition government in Islamabad
The unexpected break with the Peoples Party has taken Pakistani political circles by surprise. Dividing the parties that led Musharraf to resign are the choice of the next president, and the question of restoring the judges removed by the previous head of state.
Terrorism on the offensive as the debate over a new president heats up
At least 50 people are killed and dozens are hurt in a double suicide bomb attack against the country’s main defence industry complex. At the same time the country is starting to vet the candidacy of Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, to the presidency. Political parties are however split over the issue.
Asif Ali Zardari is Pakistan's new president
The president-elect, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party and widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, crushed the competition. His most urgent challenges include the fight against terrorism and the economic crisis. Voting marked by an attack in Peshawar that killed 16 people.
Muslim League withdraws its ministers, plunging Pakistan government into crisis
Out of 24 ministers nine are quitting over the failure to reinstate judges sacked by Musharraf. There is particular concern over the finance minister who was supposed to present the annual budget in a few weeks time.
A new government within a month, prime minister from the Peoples Party
Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, leaders of the majority parties, reached an agreement with the government yesterday: it will be made official within one month. The selection of the prime minister seems to have gone to Makhdoom Amin Fahim, an authoritative leader of the Peoples Party during the exile of Benazir Bhutto.
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