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Musharraf Set to Restore Constitution*

*But he'll tweak it first to ensure he can't be prosecuted
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 7:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Pervez Musharraf is set to lift Pakistan's state of emergency Saturday, but he's not going to take any guff for it—the president will only restore the constitution if it is first amended so he can't be tried for actions during the past 6 weeks of emergency rule. As lawyers held more protests against the former general, Pakistan's AG told the AP that legal experts were polishing the tweaks.

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Musharraf acknowledges that he has breached Pakistan's constitution, but argues that he had no choice in the face of a hostile judiciary. As Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif hit the campaign trail, 1,000 lawyers gathered in Lahore today to urge a boycott of January's parliamentary elections unless the deposed chief justice and other sacked judges are reinstated. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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