Polling starts for Pakistani presidential election
Pakistan candidate for the upcoming presidential election of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN), Mamnoon Hussain (right) submits his nomination paper at the High Court in Islamabad on July 24, 2013. Pakistani lawmakers July 30, 2013 began voting for a new president. Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday began voting for a new president, marking an end to the five-year term of outgoing Asif Ali Zardari whose party lost May's general elections.
A long-serving member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), Hussain addressed a party meeting in Islamabad on Monday. "Describing the office of president as the symbol of federation, the presidential candidate pledged to serve the country and its people in his capacity as president," a statement issued by Sharif's office said.
Zardari's opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has boycotted the election, complaining it was not consulted on bringing the date forward from August 6, and its absence means Sharif's candidate is certain to win. Hussain's loyalty to Sharif and low-profile will shore up the prime minister's authority and provide a stark contrast to Zardari, considered a sharp political operator behind the scenes.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation