Pakistan's Musharraf Resigns

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 7:21am.


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation.  The embattled President said he had decided to step down to avoid impeachment.

"After viewing the situation and consulting legal advisers and political allies, with their advice I have decided to resign," Musharraf said after an emotional defense of his record as president.

"I leave my future in the hands of people," he said.

Yesterday Pakistan's ruling coalition finalized an official charge sheet against Musharraf which accused him of violating the constitution and gross misconduct.

Before announcing his resignation, Musharraf described the allegations against him as false.

"No charge can be proved against me because I never did anything for myself, it was all for Pakistan," he said.

According to Pakistan's constitution, the chairman of the Senate, Mohammadmian Soomro will become acting president until elections which must be held within 30 days.

Pakistan's president is elected for a five-year term by an electoral college made up of members of both houses of parliament and the country's four provincial assemblies.

Musharraf's announcement brings to an end to his 9-year rule which began with a coup in 1999 that toppled then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and sent him to exile.

August 18, 2008 - source

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 7:21am.