Pakistan Elections 2008: PPP and PML(N) Announce To Form a Coalition Government

Posted on February 21, 2008
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All major media outlets are reporting that Pakistan’s two main opposition parties, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), have announced to form the new government together. News reports also suggest this understanding has been reached at both center as well as provincial level.

The photo below shows Asif Ali Zardari shaking hands with Nawaz Sharif at a press conference after their meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.

Zardari Nawaz Pakistan elections

According to the Daily News:

Nawaz Sharif maintained that there is no difference in the two parties on the restoration of the deposed judges. “We accept the mandate of PPP with an open heart and wish that PPP complete its five year term,” he said, adding, “struggle for restoration of judiciary will continue and CoD will also be followed.” PPP Co-Chairman, Asif Zardari said PPP and PML-N have decided to work together for democracy. However, he said, some of the matter are yet to be decided by the parties. Ali Zardari said that both the leaders have decided to stay united in the parliament. Nawaz Sharif said, ‘We fought against the dictatorship and will keep doing so.”

According to a Daily Dawn update of 23:38 hours PST

Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday his party would form a coalition government with the party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto after they won crucial elections. “We have agreed on a common agenda. We will work together to form the government in the centre and in the provinces,” Sharif told a joint news conference with Bhutto’s widower Asif Ali Zardari. “We will ensure that you complete a full five years’ term,” said Sharif, addressing Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)

What About the Judges?

According to Associated Press feed of 11:35 hours USA CST:

Sharif said the two parties had agreed in principle on restoration of judges purged by Musharraf when he declared emergency rule late last year — an issue that many see as a possible source of discord between the parties. “In principle there’s no disagreement on restoration of the judiciary. We will work on the modalities in parliament,” said Sharif, who has previously demanded the immediate reinstatement of the detained ex-Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

What Do You Think?

Our question to readers is; What do you think? Is this a good move, a bad move, a hasty move or were there any alternatives that got over looked. We would like to hear from you.

References:

1. The Daily Dawn Pakistan update here
2. CNN story here
3. Associated Press story here
4. The Daily News Pakistan update here
5. The Daily Jang Pakistan update here
6. BBC story here

Photo Credits: Associated Press

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52 responses to “Pakistan Elections 2008: PPP and PML(N) Announce To Form a Coalition Government”

  1. Nasir Jamal says:

    This is a marriage of convenience. There is no love lost between them. They have united against a common adversary. In my opinion this is not going to last long.

    The successful parties have made numerous promises to the people which they will not be able to fulfill. Can they possibly bring the oil prices down? Can they stop the smuggling of wheat from the country? Can they afford an independent judiciary?

    This is not going to last long. Just wait and see.

  2. Viqar Minai says:

    Intersting article in today’s Daily Times:

    http://tinyurl.com/37boqx

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