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Musharraf Vows Return to Pakistan Politics

Friday, 21 May 2010 09:03 AM

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf plans to return to Pakistan and to re-enter politics, he told CNN.

Musharraf declined to commit to seeking a particular office, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that "the question... of whether I am running for president or prime minister will be seen later."

But he strongly implied he wants to be prime minister.

"We run a parliamentary system there" Musharraf told Blitzer. "So you have to -- your party has to win in the election. Then only do you decide to run."

"Basically, you are heading the party, you are running for the prime ministership," he said. "Because in Pakistan, the chief executive is the prime minister, not the president."

Musharraf, who resigned as president under pressure in 2008 and left the country about a year ago, said he's unsure about the exact timing of his return.

"It is related to the elections in Pakistan," he said. "I am very sure of one thing, that whether it's end-term elections or midterm elections, I will be there before those elections."

Midterm elections could come next year, Musharraf said.

Musharraf also said that security concerns were shaping his decision on when to announce his return.

"Maybe my wife and my family (are) more worried than I am," he said Thursday. "But there are security issues which one needs to take into consideration. And that is why I'm not laying down any dates for my return."

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