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Pakistani PM strives to keep government alive

01-04-2011 18:55 BJT

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his minority government, is expected to survive, after the main opposition group announced it would not push for a no-confidence vote.

The Pakistan Muslim League, led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said it would not demand a vote of no confidence on the prime minister, saying doing so would exacerbate instability in the country. Gilani's government lost its parliamentary majority on Sunday, when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, announced it would join the opposition over the government's "unbearable" fuel price policies.

Despite Tuesday's reprieve, the Gilani administration will struggle to enact policies without the support of a partner. Analysts do not expect Gilani to serve out his term, which ends in 2013. The political upheaval comes at a time when the United States has increased pressure on Pakistan to go after Islamist militant groups to help it turn around the war in Afghanistan.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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