Parliament to curtail Pakistan presidential power

Parliament to curtail Pakistan presidential power

Parliament to curtail Pakistan presidential power

Posted 9 June 2008, 14:12 AEST

Pakistan's ruling party says it is determined to curtail the powers of the presidency in favour of parliament.

President Pervez Musharraf, who is facing calls to resign, says he would accept the proposed constitutional amendments that the Pakistan People's Party aims to push through parliament.

But he warns he would not tolerate a cut in his powers and remain as a ceremonial head of state.

Despite Mr Musharraf's public stance, political insiders say he recognises that he will have to quit rather than be the cause of more upheaval.

The PPP leadership, wary of a destabilising confrontation, is trying to make his exit "dignified".

It is believed President Musharraf is seeking immunity for suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule for six weeks in November.