Bhutto's PPP not to support Musharraf's re-election in uniform

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Islamabad, Sep 13 (UNI) Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party has conveyed a message to the presidential team that it will not show flexibility on its demands and will not support any move to re-elect President Pervez Musharraf in uniform from the present assemblies.

The News quoted sources as saying that the PPP's top leadership involved in the deal dialogue has informed Musharraf's aides that the party's stance on the presidential elections and balance of power between the Parliament and the president would not change.

The PPP has demanded abolishing the president's power to dissolve the National Assembly under article 58(2)(b), removing the condition not to re-elect one person, the prime minister for the third time, dissolution of the local governments, and the president's elections from the incumbent assemblies will not be accepted.

Sources said the PPP had also conveyed that if these demands could not be met, it will also not show any flexibility.

"To reach any understanding, meeting these demands is a must otherwise the option to challenge the presidential elections in the court of law is open to us," sources said.

Bhutto is likely to hold another round of consultations with the top party leadership in Dubai today to decide about the future line of action if these demands were not met.


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