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    There's new head of state in Pakistan. After a historic vote at a joint meeting?

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    There's new head of state in Pakistan. After a historic vote at a joint meeting of the National Assembly and the Senate in Rawalpindi on Friday (August 10), former National Assembly Speaker Chaudry Fazal Elahi was elected the new President for a five-year term.

    He takes over from the present head of state, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who is certain to be elected Prime Minister on August 12.

    Mr. Elahi, a 69-year-old veteran of Pakistani politics, was the candidate of the ruling Pakistan People's Party in the Presidential voting. He was chosen by 139 votes against 45 for the joint opposition candidate Amirzada Khan.

    However, under the terms of the new constitution, which comes into effect on August 14, the main executive powers in the state will pass from the President to the prime Minister and his cabinet.

    SYNOPSIS: A historic day in pakistan's political history on Friday, when assemblymen met to elect a new national President.

    The names of the two candidates were announced outside a joint session of the Senate and the National Assembly. Friday's voting is the latest stage of introducing a whole new constitution.

    Opposition leader Mr. Abdul Well Khan casts his vote. The opposition parties had nominated a joint party candidate. The chief constitutional change is the transfer of power from the president -- currently Zulfikar Ali Bhutto -- to the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Mr. Bhutto was certain to be elected Prime Minister at another vote two days after this ballot.

    The second candidates for the President, voting here, was former National Assembly Speaker Chaudry Fazal Elahi, a sixty-nine-year old veteran of Pakistan politics. He was standing for the ruling Pakistan People's Party. The government has said that the new constitution -- which comes into ??? Tuesday on the twenty sixth anniversary of the country's independence -- is an attempt to give more fundamental rights to the people then ever before.

    The outgoing President, Mr. Bhutto, votes for his successor. And when the ballot papers were counted they tallied up an overwhelming victory for the ruling party candidate. Mr. Elahi. He was elected as the new pakistani head of state by a hundred and thirty nine votes to the forty-five votes recorded for the opposition candidate, Mr. Amirzada Khan.

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