Musharraf summons National Assembly session

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Islamabad, Mar 11 (UNI) Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has has convened the inaugural session of the National Assembly on March 17.

A senior official in the President's house told UNI that Mr Musharraf had signed the summary, which was sent to him by caretaker Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro for convening of the assembly session.

The newly-elected lower house will now meet on Monday at 1100 hrs (local time). Governors of the four provinces will also call sessions of the respective provincial assemblies the same day.

On the first day of the session, the MNAs-elect will take oath followed by election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker the next day.

The assembly will then elect leader of the house or the Prime Minister through process of division on a day to be fixed by the Speaker.

Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz emerged as the biggest and second biggest parties in the February 18 election.

The two parties announced on Sunday to form a coalition government at the Centre as well as in Punjab province.

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