POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush Signals No Penalties For Musharraf Crackdown

President Bush on Monday urged Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, to hold elections and give up his army post "as soon as possible," but gave no indication that the general's imposition of emergency rule would bring about any significant change in American policy.

The comments were the first by Mr. Bush since General Musharraf's move over the weekend ignited a constitutional crisis. Mr. Bush would not comment about what the United States might do if the Pakistani leader ignored the pleas, saying only, "I hope he takes my advice."

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