Musharraf keeps word

ISLAMABAD - As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf named his successor as army chief yesterday, more than 80 opposition MPs resigned to protest against his bid to seek re-election.

ISLAMABAD - As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf named his successor as army chief yesterday, more than 80 opposition MPs resigned to protest against his bid to seek re-election.

General Musharraf, a close US ally, looks set to win re-election on Saturday in votes by the two-chamber parliament and four provincial assemblies.

He has vowed that, if re-elected, he would quit as army chief before being sworn in for a new term by November 15, and would rule as a civilian leader.

Lieutenant-General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's appointment is the clearest indication yet that Musharraf will give up his uniform. - Reuters

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