Pakistan Moves Toward Parliamentary System

April 15, 2010, midnight

Pakistan's Senate on Thursday unanimously agreed to constitutional amendments limiting Presidential power, among other reforms. The bill now will go to President Asif Ali ZARDARI, who has said he will sign it into law. The main provision eliminates the President's ability to dissolve Parliament, a provision that advocates argue has facilitated several periods of military rule since the country became independent. The bill also would transfer some executive powers to the Prime Minster, remove Presidential power to unilaterally appoint armed service chiefs, and, in a concession to some Pashtun nationalist groups, rename the North West Frontier Provinces as Khyber Paktoonkhwa.

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