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Pakistan provincial assembly backs Zardari for presidency
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The provincial assembly of southern Pakistan's Sindh on Friday passed a resolution, recommending Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for the presidency, local DAWN TV channel said.

Sindh is the home province of Zardari, widower of assassinated former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is now leading the country's largest party.

Former Pakistani President Musharraf announced his resignation "for the interests of Pakistan" on Monday. But the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have remained divided on the presidential candidacy.

The PML-N, led by former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, wants the next president coming from a smaller province, like Balochistan or North West Frontier Province.

Altaf Hussain, leader of the opposition party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), on Wednesday also proposed Zardari for the presidential candidate.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced that the presidential election will be held on September 6.

(Xinhua News Agency August 22, 2008)

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