Friday, August 21, 2009

The Elections of 2002

The Supreme Court of Pakistan gave a time limit of three years to General Parvez Musharraf to hold general election in Pakistan and take steps to put democracy back on the rails. Accordingly, he was also authorized by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to make very essential amendments to the constitution of Pakistan in order to facilitate the transfer of power to the elected representatives of the people.
As a first step, General Parvez Musharraf was elected as the President of Pakistan for a term of five years (2002-2007) through a national referendum in which he secured an exceptionally high public support. Later, general elections were held on October 10, 2002 whereby members of national and provincial assemblies were elected. In November 2002, full powers of the office of the Chief Executive of Pakistan were transferred to Mir Zafarullah Jamali who was elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan by the majority of the 342 members of the National Assembly, paving the way to the full restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Soon after that the provincial assemblies met and elected Chief Ministers. The provincial assemblies also elected members of the upper house of parliament, namely, the Senate, on July 26, 2004. Mir Zafarullah Jamali resigned from the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. By a majority vote the National Assembly elected Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as a new leader of the house who was sworn in on July 29, 2004 as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
On August 25, 2004 Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain resigned from the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. By a majority vote the National Assembly elected Mr. Shaukat Aziz as the new leader of the house. He was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 28, 2004.

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