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LEAD: Pakistan apex court paves way for Musharraf's 2nd term as president.

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 22 Kyodo


Pakistan's top court stacked with judges friendly to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Thursday rejected a final petition challenging his reelection, thus paving way for him to be sworn in as president for another five-year term.

Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar dismissed the petition by Barrister Zahur-ul-haq, the last of six challenging Musharraf's reelection, after a brief hearing.

Officials said the dismissal of the petition means the Election Commission can now notify Musharraf of his reelection as president following the Oct. 6 election that was boycotted by all opposition parties.

Following the controversial election, the Supreme Court had ordered the Election Commission not to notify the result until it has a chance to rule on petitions challenging the outcome.

Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Nov. 3, sacked the defiant judges and packed the Supreme Court with friendly ones.

The apex court had dismissed five petitions on Monday.

Musharraf had repeatedly said that he would relinquish his office of chief of army staff once his reelection as president is cleared by the Supreme Court.
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Date:Nov 24, 2007
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