Pakistan's New Parliament Sworn In

Coalition set for a showdown with Musharraf
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 11:31 AM CDT
Newly elected lawmakers arrive at Parliament House to attend the assembly's first session in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, March 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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(Newser) – Pakistan's newly anti-Musharraf National Assembly was sworn in today, a month after politicians hostile to the president swept the general election. The new coalition has promised to reinstate the judges that the president booted when he declared a state of emergency in November. These judges would likely challenge the validity of Musharraf's reelection in October, reports Reuters.

The new Assembly took their oaths on an old version of the constitution from before Musharraf amended it under emergency rule. "We have sent this message that democracy should be helped and democracy is the last day of dictatorship," said Asif Ali Zardari, head of Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party—which has yet to name a prime minister candidate.