Musharraf: General elections to be held by Jan 9

Updated: 2007-11-11 19:29

ISLAMABAD -- General elections including the national assembly and the provincial parliaments would be held simultaneously before January 9, said Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf here Sunday.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf speaks a news conference in Islamabad November 11, 2007. Musharraf, giving a timetable for a general election by early January, said on Sunday he could not give a date for the end of emergency rule. [Agencies]

At his first press conference in the presidential house since the imposition of emergency eight days ago, Musharraf said that he made the announcement to refute rumors that he would delay the polls by one month.

However, Musharraf refused to give a date as when to lift the state of emergency imposed on November 3.

As for his re-election, Musharraf said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had ordered not to announce the results of the presidential election and the matter was now with the Supreme Court.

He said whenever the court would allow for the notification of results, he would take oath as a civilian president.

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