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Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies prime minister

Lawyers chant slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during a crisis in relations with the United States. In April, it found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Lawyers chant slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for...more

Lawyers chant slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during a crisis in relations with the United States. In April, it found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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A supporter of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani chants slogans against a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A supporter of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani chants slogans against a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A supporter of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani chants slogans against a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani waves after arriving at the Supreme Court in Islamabad April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani waves after arriving at the Supreme Court in Islamabad April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani waves after arriving at the Supreme Court in Islamabad April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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Policemen keep guard outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during one of the worst crises in relations with the United States.REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Policemen keep guard outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into...more

Policemen keep guard outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during one of the worst crises in relations with the United States.REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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A lawyer chants slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during a crisis in relations with the United States. In April, it found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A lawyer chants slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible...more

A lawyer chants slogans in favour of a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan outside the court building in Islamabad June 19, 2012. Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil during a crisis in relations with the United States. In April, it found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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