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Power struggles loom over Pakistan's prime minister decisions

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's shaky government, which lacks a prime minister and cabinet, will nominate a new prime minister this morning, officials pledged Thursday after the leading candidate for the job withdrew amid allegations of drug trafficking.

But even when the crisis is resolved, a power struggle among the country's courts, military and civilian leadership appears certain to perpetuate political tumult.

The upheaval has complicated U.S. efforts to wind down the war in Afghanistan, contributing to Islamabad's failure to come up with a compromise to allow NATO supplies to pass through Pakistani territory. The routes, vital for U.S. withdrawal, have been closed for seven months.

The latest crisis unfolded Thursday after a court issued an arrest warrant for outgoing textile minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, a stalwart of the ruling party.

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