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Musharraf to step down as Pakistani army leader


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf plans to quit as army chief to become a civilian leader, according to a senior ruling party official. With a general election due before the end of the year it would remove objections to him running again.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed says the president has been very consistent and clear on issues regarding his election and his uniform.

Musharraf retained the post of army chief after he seized power in a military coup in 1999, despite calls from the opposition to quit the dual office.

His acquiescence could be seen as a victory for Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister who is ending eight years of exile to seek power again.

She has said that any power-sharing arrangement would depend, among other things, on him becoming a civilian president.

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