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Pakistani Party Leaving Ruling Coalition


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has quit the country's ruling coalition because of differences about the judiciary and the presidency.

Mr. Sharif announced at a news conference in Islamabad (Monday) that his Pakistan Muslim League (N) is joining the opposition because the Pakistan People's Party broke its pledge to restore judges fired by former President Pervez Musharraf.

Mr. Sharif also said the PPP violated an agreement to nominate a non-partisan presidential candidate if the presidency retained certain far-reaching powers, including the ability to dismiss parliament.

The PPP has nominated its leader, Asif Ali Zardari, to run for president in next month's elections.

Mr. Sharif said today that his party is nominating retired judge Said-uz Zaman Siddiqui to run against Zardari.

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