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Pakistan party names pick for prime minister

The main party in Pakistan's new National Assembly has chosen a protege of the late military President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq as the country's next prime minister. Before his nomination Wednesday, Mian Nawaz Sharif vowed to work for "clean and undiluted democracy."

Political sources said his nomination made it certain that Sharif, 41, would be the next prime minister rather than caretaker incumbent Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi.

The formal election of the prime minister will take place when the assembly meets, probably next weekend.

The Pakistan Moslem League leads the nine-party Islamic Democratic Alliance, which trounced former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party in elections last week.

Bhutto, whose 20-month government was dismissed in August, blamed her defeat on massive vote-rigging.

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