Pakistan’s new lawmakers sworn in under tight security

March 17th, 2008 - 3:28 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto
Islamabad, March 17 (DPA) Pakistan’s 13th National Assembly was sworn in Monday under tight security and hanging questions about who will lead the coalition government. Outgoing National Assembly speaker Amir Hussain chaired the session where 328 newly elected members of parliament were sworn in under the original 1973 constitution.

One of their first acts was to offer a prayer for the departed soul of Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated last Dec 27 while campaigning in the election.

Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party is expected to lead a coalition government that would also include the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of Nawaz Sharif, also a former premier.

The party has not yet named its choice for prime minister.

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