Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ineligible to hold office, following his refusal to re-open a corruption case against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The decision released Tuesday, June 19, is retroactive to April 26, the day Gilani was convicted of contempt charges. While Pakistan is currently in a state of political turmoil, the high court’s decision is not seen to affect the standing of the unpopular ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). PPP has the numbers in parliament to elect a new prime minister before the end of their five-year term in February.
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