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Sharif's Party to Boycott Elections

Thursday December 27, 2007 6:16 PM


Associated Press Writer

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced Thursday his party was boycotting Jan. 8 parliamentary elections following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and he demanded that the country's president resign immediately.

``The holding of fair and free elections is not possible in the presence of (President) Pervez Musharraf. After the killing of Benazir Bhutto, I announce that the Pakistan Muslim League-N will boycott the elections,'' the former prime minister said, referring to his party.

``I demand that Musharraf should quit immediately,'' he told a news conference.

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