Rice asks Musharraf to ensure free & fair Pakistan general election campaign
The Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to end emergency rule was welcomed by United States, but said Musharraf had more to do to ensure that the Pakistan general election 2007-2008 which is scheduled to be held on January 8 are free and fair. The US spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "It was good to see President Musharraf follow through on his pledge to lift that state of emergency. 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." The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Musharraf to make “a very robust and concerted effort” to ensure free and fair election campaign. "And that means that the opposition has to be able to gather and mobilize and has to have access to the press, If there are real efforts that are made to make sure that the opposition can act on its own behalf... then this can be an election that can move Pakistan forward on the democratic road," said Rice.
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