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Pakistan draws up preliminary election road-map : report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 31, IRNA -- Pakistan has drawn up a preliminary road-map under which the National Assembly will be dissolved in January next year, a caretaker government installed, followed by general elections, local media reported Tuesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf would, however, take a final decision on the installation of a caretaker set-up, dissolution of the assemblies and general elections after consulting their coalition partners soon, daily Jang reported.

In case the National Assembly is dissolved in January, the constitutional limit for holding elections would be 90 days while the Constitution demands elections within 60 days after the completion of the constitutional tenure of the assembly.

The present assembly is going to complete its tenure on March 16 next so the general elections might be held up until April 26.

Political observers believe that it would be a historic landmark in the country that a democratic government would complete its constitutional tenure for the first time. They said credit goes to the government and the opposition.

On the other hand, as the 2013 general elections get closer, the political wheeling and dealing in the country has gathered pace and new political alliances are going to be forged before the next elections.

The process will gain momentum as talks for new political alliances will start in the coming days.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80394442

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