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U.S. calls for free, fair elections after Pakistan lifts emergency
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07:53, December 18, 2007

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The United States said on Monday that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf needs to do more to ensure January elections free and fair two days after Musharraf lifted a state of emergency.

"It was good to see President Musharraf follow through on his pledge to lift that state of emergency," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told a regular news briefing.

"Now that they move forward, towards the election season, it's very important that the opposition parties, and everybody, have access to a free media so that they can have a free and fair election," Perino said.

Musharraf declared a state of emergency in the country on Nov. 3 and issued a provisional constitutional order, citing the ascendancy in the activities of extremists and incidence of terrorist attacks, and the abuse of the judiciary in the country.

He issued on Saturday three presidential orders, lifting the state of emergency, revoking the provisional constitutional order and restoring the constitution.

Source: Xinhua

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