Pakistan MPs to elect premier on Monday
PAKISTAN: President Pervez Musharraf Thursday summoned Pakistan's new
parliament to convene on March 24 to elect a prime minister, his
spokesman said, ahead of a looming political showdown.
The new lower house of parliament, or national assembly, met for the
first time this week after elections last month in which the parties of
former premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif trounced Musharraf's
"The president has been pleased to summon the national assembly on
Monday, March 24 at 4:00 pm (1100 GMT) for ascertainment of the member
who commands the confidence of the majority of members of the assembly,"
Musharraf's spokesman Major General Rashid Qureshi told AFP.
Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) won the most seats in the
elections but has still not named its candidate for the premiership in
Her teenage son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, returned to Pakistan on
Wednesday and will announce the nomination for the post when parliament
meets on Monday, the PPP said.
Bilawal, a 19-year-old student at Britain's Oxford University, was
named Bhutto's heir apparent after her slaying.
He is completing his studies, and in the interim his father Asif Ali
Zardari has taken the reins. Friday, AFP