Pakistan president moves quickly for PM

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The Independent Online

Pakistan's President has summoned parliament to meet tomorrow to elect a new prime minister, with the Textile Minister, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, emerging as the likely candidate for the job.

Yousaf Raza Gilani was dismissed on Tuesday by the Supreme Court for failing to investigate his ally, President Asif Ali Zardari, for corruption. The ruling added to political instability in a country already saddled with myriad economic and security problems.

But in moving quickly to install a new premier the government may reduce fears of major upheaval.