Pakistan: Successor to be appointed for President Asif Ali Zardari


Islamabad: While the five-year term of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is due to end on September 8, a successor will be elected early next month by an electoral college comprising federal and provincial lawmakers.

It is a requirement under Article 41 (4) of the constitution of the country to hold presidential election by August 8, said a member of the Election Commission of Pakistan, retired justice Riaz Kayani.

The commission has to follow the constitution and issue a schedule for presidential election before July 20, a newspaper quoted him as saying.

Article 41 (4) states: “Election to the office of President shall be held not earlier than 60 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the President in office.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), which commands a comfortable majority in the electoral college made up of National Assembly and four provincial assemblies, is set to determine who will succeed Zardari.

Following the defeat of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the May 11 general election, the incumbent president had told the media he would not seek re-election because of the loss of a parliamentary majority.

Sources by: gulfnews