New parliament session within two weeks: Musharraf

March 7th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, March 7 (Xinhua) Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Friday the first session of the new National Assembly would be summoned within two weeks, at which a new prime minister will be elected. Musharraf made the remarks while speaking at a water-supply scheme ceremony in Jacobabad of south Pakistan’s Sindh Province, News Network International (NNI) reported.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of slain opposition leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, which emerged as the single largest party, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which came second, have been negotiating to form a coalition government.

The winning parties demand Musharraf summon the new National Assembly session as soon as possible, at which the parliament speaker and new prime minister will be elected.

Musharraf also highlighted the victory of the moderates in the elections, especially in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

The president said he would support the new government, and hoped the new government will continue its fight against extremism and terrorism.

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