Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has bowed to pressure and resigned. He was facing impeachment by Pakistan’s coalition government.
The announcement came in a live TV address in which the former army chief defended his record and insisted the accusations against him were false, but he said after taking legal and political advise, he was quitting “in the interest of the country.”
The 65-year-old said: “Whether I win or lose, the nation will lose. The honour and dignity of the country will be affected and in my view, the honour of the office of president will also be affected.”
Musharraf’s popularity had diminished over the past 18 months and he had been politically isolated since his allies lost a February election.
The coalition which forced him out is composed of the Pakistan People’s Party, led by Asif Zardari who was married to the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and the Pakistan Muslim League, led by Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf ousted as prime minister in a coup.