Pakistan’s ruling coalition decides on key ministries

March 25th, 2008 - 9:50 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, March 25 (Xinhua) Pakistan’s ruling coalition has reached a consensus on five major ministries, one of which, the foreign ministry, would go to Shah Mehmood Qureshi of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), sources said Tuesday. An official from the PPP, who declined to give his name, said Ishaq Dar from the PML-N will be assigned as finance minister, PPP information secretary Sherry Rehman as information minister, and Syed Khurshid Shah from PPP as minister of parliamentary affairs.

The interior minister has also been decided, said the PPP official.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, who was overwhelmingly voted to the office in the National Assembly Monday, was inaugurated Tuesday in presidential house. Gillani is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days.

Under the agreed formula, the coalition partners will get representation in the cabinet proportional to their strength in the National Assembly and the Senate.

The four coalition partners are still discussing the distribution of ministries among them. The cabinet formation process will be completed in three to four phases and about a dozen ministers will take oath in the first phase.

The coalition partners include the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), The Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

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