Article published on the 2008-08-19 Latest update 2008-08-19 16:04 TU
Pakistan's law stipulates that a new president must be selected within 30 days of the post being vacated.
State Senate Chairman Mohammedmian Soomro became acting president on Monday, until elections for a new president.
A number of names have come up as possible replacements for the man who seized power nine years ago in a bloodless coup.
Officials indicate that candidates include two politicians from the smaller provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh. Another option would be to elect a female candidate. Possibilities include Fehmida Mirza, the speaker of the National Assembly, which is the lower house of parliament, or slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's sister-in-law Faryal Talpur.
The four-party coalition was also to broach reinstatement of the judges, who were fired by Musharraf in November after he called a state of emergency. They failed to come to agreement and according to the leader of the MMA, one of the two smaller coalition parties, a decision on the judges should come by the end of the week.
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