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Friday, April 08, 2011

Pakistani assembly approved bill to curb presidential powers
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On April 8, 2010, the Pakistani National Assembly unanimously passed a constitutional amendment curtailing the powers of the president. The Eighteenth Amendment Bill reversed the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf by transferring presidential powers to the office of the prime minister, effectively making the president a figurehead. Among other changes, the president no longer has the power to dissolve parliament, dismiss the prime minister, or appoint the chief of the armed forces. The bill was later approved by the Senate and signed by President Asif Ali Zardari.

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