February 25, 2008 2:00 am

PPP points to preferred candidate

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A leading politician from the Pakistan People's party appeared last night to be the frontrunner to become the opposition parties' nominee for prime minister, writes Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad.

Amin Fahim, 68, was likely to be nominated by the PPP as its candidate, party officials said.

"Barring a last-minute upset of some kind, Amin Fahim is likely to become the next prime minister," a PPP leader told the Financial Times.

President Pervez Musharraf, meanwhile, made it known that he had no intention of stepping down soon.

Analysts said Mr Fahim's nomination could pave the way for a more stable working relationship between Mr Musharraf and the next prime minister, after the opposition's election victory had raised fears of a clash.

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