Pakistan's main opposition parties have pledged to form a coalition government, after early results show them ahead in Monday's parliamentary election.
Asif Ali Zardari, husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, said on Tuesday he wants his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to join forces with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's party (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz or PML-N) in the new parliament.
Early results show the opposition parties winning the most seats so far in the 342-member National Assembly. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q Party -- which backs President Pervez Musharraf -- is a distant third and has conceded defeat.
Zardari said both major opposition parties plan to restore powers to parliament that had been weakened under President Musharraf. Earlier, Mr. Sharif said he would like to reinstate Supreme Court justices deposed when Musharraf imposed emergency rule.
Zardari said he was not interested in including the defeated PML-Q party in a new government.