ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari has been elected as new president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Saturday. According to the unofficial result out of 702 Asif Ali Zardari secured 479 votes, of which he got 281 from Parliament, 22 from Punjab, 64 from Sindh, 59 from Balochistan and 56 from NWFP. Justice retired Saeeduzaman Siddique got 153 and Mushahid Hussain got 43 votes. Zardari also swept the polls in the provincial assemblies of NWFP, Sindh and Balochistan.
The contest was between Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Justice ® Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui a former judge nominated by Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Mushahid Hussain Sayed of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) backed by Musharraf. The voting process was held through a secret ballot by the two chambers of the national parliament, the National Assembly and Senate and the four provincial assemblies.
Asif Ali Zardari is Pakistan’s 11th President since 1956, when the country became a republic, There have been acting presidents also other than these 11 presidents. BBC reported that Zardari “won 459 votes, far more than the 352 votes that would have guaranteed him victory.” New York Times said that Zardari would be sworn in “as soon as Saturday night or as late as Monday or Tuesday, diplomats and officials said.”
According to the Constitution, the President is chosen by the Electoral College to serve a five-year term. The electoral college comprises the Senate, National Assembly, and the provincial assemblies. The president may be re-elected but may not serve for more than two consecutive terms. The president may also be impeached and subsequently removed from office by a two-thirds vote by Parliament.
The oath taking ceremony of newly elected President is expected on 09th September. President House sources revealed that all the necessary preparations have been made for the oath taking ceremony of President Asif Ali Zardari, while Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar will administer the oath, and all the important political personalities including PML-N and PML-Q leaders would also be invited to the ceremony.
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