Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has signed an ordinance dropping corruption charges against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and other politicians, clearing the way for a power sharing deal.
The two have been holding last minute negotiations to finalize an agreement that would lend the embattled president legitimacy as he runs for another term in power following Saturday's presidential ballot.
But a ruling by the Supreme Court earlier in the day (Friday), threw President Musharraf's expected victory into doubt. The court dismissed petitions for a delay of the presidential election, saying the vote can go forward as scheduled. But it also said final results from Saturday's ballot will be kept secret, until the court has decided on legal challenges to Mr. Musharraf's eligibility to seek office again. Both the government and the opposition welcomed the decision.