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Musharraf swears in new Pakistan chief justice after Chaudhry dismissed

[JURIST] Pakistan state television announced Saturday that President Pervez Musharraf [official website] has appointed a new chief justice for the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] after dismissing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] in the wake of suspending the country's constitution and declaring emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] earlier in the day. Media reports said Chaudhry had been told his services were "no longer required." Previous declarations of emergency rule in Pakistan have required judges to take a new oath of office before continuing in their positions. Chaudhry had instructed his Supreme Court colleagues not to take any oath [order, PDF] under the new Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) [text], but Musharraf is reported to have personally administered the oath of office to Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar [official profile]. Representatives of lawyers groups who supported Chaudhry after he was suspended by Musharraf in March denounced the new appointment as illegal, saying Dogar was already the subject of a corruption probe. DPA has more. AFP has additional coverage. The Pakistan Tribune has local coverage.

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