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Zardari Says Will Not Seek Another Presidential Term

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari says he will not seek a second term following the defeat of his Pakistan Peoples Party in May 11 parliamentary elections.

Zardari’s term is due to end in September.

In a television interview broadcast on June 3, Zardari said he doesn’t think he has the "right" to seek another term.

The Pakistan Peoples Party won only 39 seats in the 342-member legislature, compared to 176 for the Pakistan Muslim League-N of incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Pakistani president is elected by the members of both houses of parliament, and latest projections show Zardari would be highly unlikely to triumph in the upcoming vote.

The widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, was elected president in September 2008.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa,