Sunday, October 7, 2007

Musharraf to win Pakistan election

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 16:03:31

Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf
Unofficial results show victory for Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in Saturday's presidential election as the voting ends.

Although the ruling-party lawmakers claim Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has swept the voting; the Supreme Court can still disqualify the military leader.

The election by federal and provincial lawmakers was a one-sided affair. Opposition parties abstained or boycotted to protest Musharraf's running for a new five-year term while still army chief.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the official results can only be declared after it rules on complaints lodged by Musharraf's opponents that his candidacy is unconstitutional.

Chief Election Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Farooq announced that Musharraf had won 252 of the 257 votes cast in Parliament, with three ballots judged invalid and two votes going to his main rival, retired judge Wajihuddin Ahmad.

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