PPP nominates Shahabuddin for Pak PM's post

Yousuf Raza Gilani Asif Ali Zardari
Islamabad, Jun 20: The ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) repoprtedly nominated senior leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin for the post of premier on Wednesday, following the Supreme Court's disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The decision was made at a meeting of senior PPP leaders chaired early on Wednesday morning by President Asif Ali Zardari, Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying. The meeting further decided to convene a session of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament on Thursday to formally elect the new leader of the House, the report said.

There was no official word on the development from the PPP or the presidency. The move came in the wake of two separate meetings of the PPP's central executive committee and the leaders of the ruling coalition led by the PPP. Both meetings had authorised Zardari, the head of the PPP, to choose the new premier. A formal announcement about the nominee for the post of premier is expected after a meeting of the PPP's parliamentary party scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.

Reports said former premier Gilani had expressed reservations over the candidature of Shahabuddin during the meeting of the PPP and its allies last night. Both Gilani and Shahabuddin belong to the southern part of Punjab and political rivalries were believed to be the reason for Gilani's reservations. Leaders of parties in the ruling coalition have assured Zardari of their full support for the election of the new premier, sources said. The leaders further advised Zardari not to confront the apex court over the disqualification of Gilani, the sources said.


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