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Zardari vows to clip President's controversial powers
September 04, 2008 20:00 IST
'If I am elected president, one of my highest priorities will be to support the prime minister, the National assembly and the senate to amend the constitution to bring back into balance the powers of the presidency and thereby reduce its ability to bring down democratic governance,' Zardari said in an Op-Ed piece in The Washington Post.
His comments came ahead of the September 6, presidential poll in Pakistan, which will witness a triangular contest among Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's nominee Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui and PML-Q's Mushahid Hussain Sayed.
Amid allegations that his party's government resorted to the 'selective' reinstatement of judges sacked by Musharraf during the emergency rule last year, he said it is essential that Pakistan's independent judiciary must be reconstituted. The Pakistan government has so far restored 12 of the 60 deposed judges.
Former Premier Nawaz Sharif's PML-N recently withdrew from Pakistan's PPP-led ruling coalition accusing Zardari's party of reneging on several agreements to restore the deposed judges at one go. Sharif had also demanded that the President's sweeping powers should be curtailed.
In the Op-Ed piece, Zardari said the majority of Pakistan's people have been "ignored and even subjugated"
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