Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Friday he would convene the new parliament within two weeks and assured his full support to the coalition government his political rivals were set to form.
"The national assembly and provincial assemblies will be convened in a week or two. There will be no hurdle in this," he told a gathering at the opening of a water plant in the southern city of Jackobabad.
"I promise if peace is maintained, I will fully support the new coalition government," he said.
The opposition parties, which routed Musharraf's political backers in the February 18 elections, have demanded an early meeting of the parliament.
Once they convene they can impeach the president with the vote of two thirds of the MPs. The election victors are still negotiating the details of a coalition government.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of Nawaz Sharif, also a former premier, are still arguing about how and when to restore senior judges who Musharraf removed under an emergency order on November 3.
The PML-N wants to immediately restore the deposed justices, a move that could annoy the embattled president. The PPP favours avoiding a direct conflict with Musharraf.
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