Yousuf Gillani named PPP candidate for Pak PMMarch 23rd, 2008 - 12:01 am ICT by admin
Islamabad, Mar.22 (ANI): The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday named its senior vice-chairman, Makhdoom Yousuf Raza Gillani as its candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
The announcement was made by PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar at a crowded press conference here late this evening.
Babar told the media that the decision to select Gillani as the PPP’s prime ministerial candidate was a unanimous decision reached by the party, putting at rest rumours of internal bickering, especially from supporters of Makhdoom Amin Fahim, another vice-chairman of the party and the original frontrunner for the post of prime minister.
Babar said that decision to field Gillani was taken by PPP Chairman Bilal Bhutto Zardari after consultation with the party leadership that included PPP co-chairman and his father Asif Ali Zardari and Fahim.
Asif Ali Zardari thanked Makhdoom Yousuf Raza Gillani for assuming the great responsibility of becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan and wished him success in discharging his duties with responsiblity.
Should Gillani win the contest, he will take oath of his office on March 25 at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, under the 1973 Constitution.
President Pervez Musharraf has already summoned the National Assembly to meet on Monday at 4 p.m. local time to elect the new leader of the house.
The session has been summoned for ascertainment of the member who commands the confidence of the majority of members of National Assembly, under Article 91 (2A) of the Constitution.
The Speaker National Assembly will intimate the President in writing the result and a notification will be published in the Gazette.
According to the Dawn and The News, the protocol wing of the Presidency is finalising the lists of invitees who will attend the ceremony.
These will include the four governors, President, PM of Azad Jammu Kashmir, the Chief Justice, Attorney General, the services chiefs, leaders of political parties, ambassadors, senior officials and notables.
The oath taking ceremony will begin with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the new Prime Minister will be invited to take oath of office as provided in the Third Schedule, under the 1973 Constitution.
President Musharraf will administer oath to the new Prime Minister, who, under the Constitution has to obtain a vote of confidence from the National Assembly within a period of 60 days.
former Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan (1993-1996) and former Federal minister (1985-1988).
Gillani hails from Multan, the main city of southern Punjab, and his family has had a strong hold in Pakistan politics for decades.
He has been elected various times as MNA from Multan.
In the 2008 elections he beat PML-Q leader Sikandar Hayat Bosan. Gillani has publicly supported former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifs stance on the restoration of Judges by April 16, 2008.(ANI)
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