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Pakistani opposition party withdraws candidate for PM slot

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 23, IRNA
The lone candidate fielded by the pro-Musharraf's opposition parties for the office of the Prime Minister announced Saturday that he is withdrawing in the favor of the candidate of the would-be coalition government.

Farooq Sattar, who belongs to the Urdu speaking Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was fielded by the opposition parties as their candidate for the office of Prime Minister.

The Pakistan Peoples Party of slain leader Benazir Bhutto and PML-N party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as several small groups have agreed to form a coalition government.

The parties have no problem to get elected its nominee for the office of the Prime Minister.

The majority parties have already elected with clear majority speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly, lower house of the parliament.

The National Assembly will elect new Prime Minister on Monday.

MQM withdrew its candidate after Asif Ali Zaradri, the widower of slain leader Benazir Bhutto, talked over phone the MQM exiled leader Altaf Hussain in London and sought his help in formation of government of national consensus.

The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Q party leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain announced that the opposition groups will nominate another candidate for the office of Prime Minister on Sunday after the retirement of Farooq Sattar from the race.

Farooq Sattar told reporters in Islamabad that he withdrew from the race of the Prime Minister's election for the sake of the political reconciliation in the country.

The Pakistan Muslim League (Q) was upset over the MQM's decision and said it will not leave the field open for the coalition of Peoples Party and PML-N of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


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