Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf rejected calls to resign as opposition parties on Wednesday mulled a coalition government that could force the key US ally from power.
Nawaz Sharif, the man Musharraf removed from power in a coup in 1999, and the widower of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto both said they wanted to work with other opposition groups after Monday's vote.
Sharif urged Musharraf to quit, while Asif Ali Zardari said he would not work with anyone associated with the party that backed Musharraf in the last parliament, which observers said suffered a stinging defeat at the polls.
A statement from Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Wednesday "recalled General Musharraf's recent statements that if the parties supporting him were defeated in the elections, then he would resign from his office."
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