Coalition Moves to Impeach Musharraf

Party leaders agree terms to oust president
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2008 6:43 AM CDT
Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have agreed to impeach Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Pakistan's opposition leaders reached an early-morning deal to impeach embattled president Pervez Musharraf unless he voluntarily steps down, reports the Times of London. A list of charges is being drawn up, and will give the president options to defend himself before Parliament. Musharraf vowed to fight his ouster, saying, "I will defeat those who try to push me to the wall."

Musharraf immediately canceled plans to travel to China today for the Olympics' opening ceremonies, announcing instead that the country's PM would go. The move to impeach Musharraf ends months of wrangling between opposition leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. But analysts say that further political disarray, coupled with a strengthening Islamic militant movement and galloping inflation, could force the army to step in.