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Major Party to Pull Out of Pakistan Cabinet

Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 01:59 PM

A major Pakistani political party said Tuesday that it would pull its two members from the country's federal cabinet, renewing questions about the viability of the beleaguered governing coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, The Washington Post reports.

The move by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which controls the large port city of Karachi, does not immediately endanger the government. But the party indicated that it was also considering withdrawing from the coalition - a move that could cost the U.S.-backed government its parliamentary majority or, if the MQM joined the opposition, cause the government to collapse.

The decision sent new tremors through an administration grappling with a depressed economy, a powerful Islamist insurgency and persistent violence in Karachi. It also boosted pressure on a coalition that was already weakened earlier this month when a small religious party, Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islami, joined the opposition.

That party's leader, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, called Tuesday for the resignation of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, who he said was overseeing a crisis that "could derail democracy."

In announcing the cabinet resignations, MQM leaders cited anger that the cabinet had "ignored" its proposals. But they also said they wanted to give the government time to improve.

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A major Pakistani political party said Tuesday that it would pull its two members from the country's federal cabinet, renewing questions about the viability of the beleaguered governing coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, The Washington Post reports.
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