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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Musharraf Picks Army Successor

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A former Pakistani intelligence chief was named to take over the military when President Pervez Musharraf steps aside as its head, as he has promised to do if he wins Saturday's vote by national and provincial lawmakers.

General Ashfaq Kiani was to become vice chief of the army on Monday and would take the powerful top job when Musharraf vacates it, a military statement said.

Separately, in a move to undercut Musharraf's re-election bid, opposition legislators submitted their resignations Tuesday.

The move was intended to erode the election's validity. Musharraf's allies insist that they have enough votes to win. The government said the resignations would not effect the vote.

"We have to hold the presidential election to meet a constitutional requirement and we will do it," said the Pakastani information minister, Mohammed Ali Durrani.

n Pakistani officials agreed "in principle" to quash corruption charges against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, one of her demands in long-running talks with Musharraf on reaching a power-sharing deal, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said Tuesday.