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18 August, 2008 - Published 11:32 GMT
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is facing impeachment by parliament, has announced his resignation. Mr Musharraf seized power in a coup almost nine years ago. Charles Haviland reports from Islamabad:
Looking calm the embattled president went on national television and announced that, after consulting his allies and advisors, he had decided to resign. Mr Musharraf said his appeals for reconciliation with his opponents had fallen on deaf ears. He said the impeachment process he had been facing would have plunged the country into uncertainty.
The former general may now have relinquished the political power he clung onto for so long but the tone of his speech was anything but contrite. He said he had believed it was his destiny to save Pakistan, helped by God, and that he had prevented it from being declared a terrorist state.
In a clear reference to the leaders of the big political parties who've opposed him so implacably, Mr Musharraf said there were some elements who considered themselves more important than Pakistan and who were trying to betray the country. He said their allegations against him were false and went into elaborate detail about what he said were the social, economic and infrastructural improvements made during his rule.
Charles Haviland, BBC News, Islamabad
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