Zardari says he is not 'powerless', derives strength from 'democracy'

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Islamabad, Apr.20 (ANI): Presenting a brave face after signing the 18th Constitutional Amendment bill into law, which would subsequently clip his key powers, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said democracy is his strength and that he is not 'powerless.'

"I believe in democracy and seek my strength from democracy as I think democratically," Zardari told media persons after the signing the bill.

"Despite enjoying all the powers, I never thought of using these powers as I am not fond of keeping powers," he added.

Responding to a question, Zardari said 'doors to dictatorship' have been shut, but hinted that possibility of another military rule in the country remains.

"I am fully confident that no dictator would dare step in now, but then, who can rule out mishaps," The Daily Times quoted Zardari, as saying.

Zardari stressed that he had never misused his powers, and added that he took all decisions in consultation with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)

"I have never misused my authority in the capacity of the country's head of state and would not do so in future," he said.

Later, interacting with reporters, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the enactment of the 18th Amendment has increased the responsibilities of both the federal and provincial governments.

When asked about cutting the size of the cabinet, Gilani replied: "Everything will be done in accordance with the Constitution." (ANI)

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