New Pakistan PM to take oath from Musharraf

( AFP )- Pakistan's new prime minister is set to be sworn in by President Pervez Musharraf Tuesday, a day after challenging the US-backed leader's authority by freeing judges detained under emergency rule.

Yousuf Raza Gilani , a senior member of the party of slain opposition icon Benazir Bhutto, was elected as premier on Monday by the lower house of parliament where an anti- Musharraf coalition now holds sway.

Minutes later Gilani ordered the release of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges, who have been held since Musharraf sacked them in November amid fears they could weaken his grip on power.

Gilani himself spent five years in jail under Musharraf's government from 2001 to 2006, yet on Tuesday he will find himself taking the oath as prime minister from the former military strongman.

"President Pervez Musharraf will administer the oath of prime minister to Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday," a senior government official told AFP. The ceremony is due to start at 11:00 am (0600 GMT).

Top judge Chaudhry will meanwhile be enjoying his first full day of freedom on Tuesday, after finally emerging from four months of house arrest the previous night to wave to ecstatic supporters.

The former chief justice will be meeting senior lawyers and wellwishers at his residence, his aides said, with media reports speculating that he could also try to visit the Supreme Court.

Pakistanis will now be watching to see how strongly the coalition government that won elections in February confronts Musharraf , a key ally in the US-led "war on terror" who seized power in a military coup in 1999.

The coalition, led by Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and including the party of former premier Nawaz Sharif and two smaller groupings, has vowed within 30 days to pass legislation reinstating the sacked judges.

Musharraf imposed a state of emergency on November 3 and sacked some 60 judges when it looked like the Supreme Court might overturn his October re-election as president.

But his position has been badly weakened by the heavy losses suffered by his allies in last month's polls, coupled with plummeting popularity and economic problems including growing power cuts.

If the judges are reinstated they could rule his very post as president illegal, causing further instability in a nuclear-armed state that has been plagued for months by violence blamed on Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Musharraf on Sunday pledged his full support to the new coalition, hailing the start of what he called a "real democratic era" in the country, but analysts said Gilani's opening gambit spelt trouble for the president.

"This is the worst nightmare for the presidency. This is the worst dream they would have imagined coming true," newspaper columnist and political analyst Ayaz Amir told AFP.

Amir said that after freeing the judges, the new prime minister and government will come under pressure to reinstate them.

"The momentum for their restoration will now grow. After seeing the rejoicing outside the chief justice's residence, it is clear that people will not be satisfied less than the immediate restoration of judges," he said.

" Gilani got the loudest applause in parliament when he said he would free the judges. It was louder than when he said parliament would demand a UN investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto," Amir said.

Bhutto was killed in a suicide and gun attack at an election rally in December.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Azerbaijan talks entreprises to be commissioned at Aghdam Industrial Park
Azerbaijan talks entreprises to be commissioned at Aghdam Industrial Park
Value of Azerbaijan's export to US surges for 10M2021
Value of Azerbaijan's export to US surges for 10M2021
Agrarian sector of ‘smart village’ in Azerbaijan’s Zangilan to be combined modern urban planning – minister
Agrarian sector of ‘smart village’ in Azerbaijan’s Zangilan to be combined modern urban planning – minister
Loading Bars
Body of another Armenian serviceman found on Azerbaijan's Khojavand
Bitcoin tumbles 9.95% to $48,397.56
Passenger transportation via Iran's Kermanshah International Airport declines
UK records another 42,848 coronavirus cases
Explosion occurred near Iran's nuclear facility
Azerbaijan hands over to Armenia body of saboteur neutralized in attack on Azerbaijani serviceman in Khojavand
Azerbaijan talks entreprises to be commissioned at Aghdam Industrial Park
Major terrorist attack against rally with Erdogan's participation prevented in Turkey
Great number of EU, NATO countries interested in Turkish drones - Cavushoglu
Georgian PM meets with President of FIBA Europe
OSCE MG ready to host meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs
Value of Azerbaijan's export to US surges for 10M2021
Prices on several main food products in Kazakhstan continue to lower
Agrarian sector of ‘smart village’ in Azerbaijan’s Zangilan to be combined modern urban planning – minister
Azerbaijan discloses project cost of agropark in Yevlakh (PHOTO)
Buy/sell operations at Iran Mercantile Exchange down
Saudi Arabia, France agree to strengthen cooperation
Biden, Putin to hold video call on Tuesday
India, Australia are natural economic partners, says Tony Abbott
Azerbaijan receives mine maps of its territories liberated from Armenian occupation
Erdogan discusses humanitarian aid with Red Crescent, Red Cross
Uzbekistan intends to increase dried fruit exports to China
No Omicron strain detected in Georgia - NCDC Head
Aligarh’s Areeba shoots to fame, breaks stereotypes about Muslim girls
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price skyrockets
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 1,406 more COVID-19 cases, 1,787 recoveries
Tactical exercises held in Azerbaijan's commando military unit - MoD (PHOTO/VIDEO)
New composition of Supervisory Board of Azerbaijan Industrial Corporation approved
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for December 4
President Ilham Aliyev sends congratulations to heads of Thailand, Finland
France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan - Macron
Ranking of natural gas importers from Azerbaijan
Uzbek Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange reveals volume of its transactions
SOCAR Georgia Gas announces tender on gas stations restoration
Iran eyes increase in passenger transportation via Yazd Shahid Sadooghi Airport
Azerbaijan reveals oil exports to Canada in 10M2021
Weekly review of main events in Azerbaijan's transport sector
Turkmenistan’s president approves anti-crisis program for 2022
Azerbaijan’s liberated territories have high potential for solar energy - RES agency
Weekly review of key events in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Russian company to help automate, digitalize processes in Uzbek energy sector
Iran reaches increase in load/unload operations in Shahid Bahonar port
Top 10 Azerbaijani oil importers
MFA reveals reason why Armenia-Azerbaijan ministerial meeting didn't take place
Kazakhstan talks construction of wind power plants in Kostanay region
Azerbaijan achieves practical results to restore hydropower plants in liberated lands - agency's CEO
Azerbaijan’s metallurgical company notes increases in steel production over 9M2021
Iran also to be able to take advantage of Zangazur corridor – ex-Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan
Russia-UAE trade turnover hits fresh all-time high surpassing $4 bln - Mishustin
Kazakhstan’s Almaty Power Plants to buy pumping, ventilation equipment via tender
Azerbaijan discloses oil exports to Ukraine over 10M2021
Azerbaijan unveils volume of oil exports to Belarus in first 10M2021
Georgian Railway shares updated report on income within 9M2021
Azerbaijan’s 10M2021 oil exports to UK revealed
Kazakhstan to timely fulfill its obligations under COP26 – PM
Azerbaijan opens investment tender to privatize Sumgayit Construction Service company
Iran finds way to supply its far north, north-east provinces with gas
Georgia releases COVID-19 data for December 4
LUKOIL Uzbekistan Operating LLC opens tender for supply of shut-off and control valves
Mikheil Saakashvili not to be treated abroad – Georgia's minister
Russia offers Azerbaijan to switch to barcoding for fruit, vegetables exports
Tripartite gas swap deal with Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, may help Iran kill two birds with one stone
Azerbaijan Mortgage and Credit Guarantee Fund issues record amount of loans in 10M2021
Goods movement across Azerbaijani-Russian border to be accelerated
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Kazakhstan boosts trade with Romania over 9M2021
Weekly review of Azerbaijan's oil & gas sector
Weekly review of Azerbaijani precious metals market
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Treatment of servicemen injured in helicopter crash of Azerbaijan’s State Border Service continues
Turkey to support Azerbaijan in installing seismic stations in Karabakh
Iran aims to increase local solar power production
Gamaleya Center ready to accept state order for up to 10 mln sets of Sputnik M
Kazakhstan’s Intergas Central Asia to buy welding equipment via tender
Georgia’s export of oil products increases
India’s air defence gets a big boost, Russia starts delivery of S-400 missiles
India's defence procurement guided by national security interests: MEA
Uzbekistan shares domestic COVID-19 data for December 3
Iranian currency rates for December 4
Turkey's export product labeling changes
S.Korea reports record-high COVID-19 cases, deaths
Iran, China review cinematic cooperation
Georgia and Poland have potential for development of bilateral trade
Kyrgyzstan, Russia presidents hold telephone conversation
Japan PM Kishida likely to cancel U.S. visit due to Omicron
Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities
Tunisia confirms 1st case of Omicron variant infection
Turkey confirms 21,495 daily COVID-19 cases
France announces new travel restrictions
IMF chief says Omicron could dent global economic growth
France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan
UK records more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases
Italy's economy projected to grow 6.3 pct this year
Kazakhstan decreases petroleum gas export to Hungary amid global pandemic
Militants kill 7 soldiers in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state
Iran nuclear talks adjourn, resume next week
South Africa hit by fourth COVID wave driven by Omicron
Budget for social rehabilitation and childcare to reach 52 mln GEL next year, Georgian PM says
Putin informs Erdogan on main results of Sochi trilateral meeting
All news