Pakistan’s PPP to announce PM candidate Thursday

March 6th, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, March 5 (Xinhua) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is expected to announce its prime ministerial candidate after a meeting of parliamentary party Thursday, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported Wednesday. All the newly elected members of the national assembly, including those elected on the reserved seats for women and minorities and the independent members who have joined the PPP, would attend the meeting convened by the co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, said the report.

The APP quoted sources as saying that the PPP vice-chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim was likely to be nominated as the party’s prime ministerial candidate in the meeting.

“Most of the party members and leaders during the deliberation process have supported Makhdoom Amin Fahim,” the sources said.

PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Monday that Fahim was still the front-runner for the post but the party’s central executive committee would make a decision.

Zardari held final meetings with senior party colleagues till late Wednesday night.

Amin Fahim was the parliamentary leader of the PPP’s parliamentarians and was also fielded as presidential candidate in October last year.

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