Pakistani government accepts opposition demands

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 10, 2011 11:21




LAHORE, Pakistan — The Pakistani government has accepted key demands by the country's main opposition party in a bid to avoid further political unrest.

A spokesman for the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N party on Monday welcomed the decision, which would include a 30 percent reduction in government expenditures and the removal of allegedly corrupt officials.

The PML-N had threatened to kick the ruling Pakistan People's Party out of the local coalition governing Punjab province if it didn't meet its demands.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Sunday his government agreed to the demands. The announcement came two days after Gilani agreed to reverse unpopular fuel price hikes to woo back a key coalition member and prevent the government from potentially collapsing.


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