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Sharif withdraws his party from Pakistan coalition

Broadcast: 14/05/2008

Reporter: Sue Lannin

Nine ministers of Pakistan's ruling coalition have tendered their resignations threatening the
viability of the six-week old Government.

Transcript

SUE LANNIN: Nine ministers of Pakistan's ruling coalition have tendered their resignations,
threatening the viability of the six-week-old Government.

The nine are members of Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League, which is in dispute with its
coalition partner over the reinstatement of judges sacked last November by President Pervez
Musharraf.

The league had imposed a deadline of yesterday for resolution of the dispute.

Prime Minster Raza Gillani has refused to accept the resignations, which were announced just hours
after Pakistan had been re-instated to the Commonwealth Group of Nations.

In making that decision, the group cited the positive steps taken to return the country to
democracy.