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Musharraf plans for election by January 9

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a meeting of the National Security Council in Islamabad November 8, 2007 in this video grab. Pakistan's National Assembly and provincial assemblies will be dissolved in the coming days in order that a general election can take place before January 9, Musharraf said on Sunday. REUTERS/PTV

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s National Assembly and provincial assemblies will be dissolved in the coming days in order that a general election can take place before January 9, President Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday.

Having declared emergency rule and suspended the constitution a week ago, the country’s embattled military leader said he was intent on keeping Pakistan on a path to democracy, and that the National Assembly would be dissolved on November 15 and the four provincial assemblies on November 20.

“This is history, ladies and gentlemen, because this is the first time all the assemblies will have completed their terms,” Musharraf said in a news conference from his army camp office in Rawalpindi, broadcast on state-television.

Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Alex Richardson

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