POLITICS
06/01/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pakistan's Coalition Government Proposes Stripping Musharraf Of Power

Pakistan's fragile coalition government set itself on a collision course with the country's U.S.-backed president Saturday with a plan to strip Pervez Musharraf of his powers.

The move could create further instability in the country and is likely to heighten US concerns that political infighting is taking attention away from the anti-terror fight. American officials have repeatedly warned that the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil is likely to come from extremists based in Pakistan's wild tribal region.

The Pakistan People's Party, which leads the coalition, announced a legislative package that would take power away from the presidency and return it to the prime minister, the directly elected official who is supposed to run the government under Pakistan's original constitution.

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