INTRODUCTION: Pakistan's Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, announced on Friday (13 May) that he's prepared to hold a national referendum to say whether he should continue in office.
GV INT FROM Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto entering National Assembly, Islamabad, Pakistan
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Pakistan's Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, announced on Friday (13 May) that he's prepared to hold a national referendum to say whether he should continue in office. He made the announcement in Islamabad in a speech to the National Assembly after almost two months of rioting against his March general election victory.
SYNOPSIS: Opposition members both in and out of the Assembly claim Mr. Bhutto faked the election results in which his party won a landslide victory and subsequently ordered mass agitation in which nearly 300 people have died.
In an emotional 55-minute address to the Assembly, Mr. Bhutto said he was not going to be dictated to by defeated opposition leaders calling for his resignation. He repeated his accusations that there had been massive foreign intervention in the election campaign to oust him. He gave no details on when the referendum would take place, but the National Assembly and Senate are to draft legislation amending the constitution to allow it to be held.