Germany urges Pakistan's new premier to make reforms
AFP · 25 Mar 2008, 14:00
Published: 25 Mar 2008 14:00 GMT+01:00
"The government hopes that the new prime minister ensures the strengthening of democracy, the consolidation of economic reforms and the struggle against poverty and terrorism in all forms," foreign ministry spokesman Martin Jäger said at a regular government news conference.
Jäger also welcomed one of Gilani's first acts as prime minister, the release of judges jailed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf when he imposed emergency rule late last year.
Gilani belongs to the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), headed by slain politician Benazir Bhutto until her assassination late last year.
The PPP selected Gilani as its candidate for prime minister on Monday after it and coalition partners helped sweep Musharraf's party from parliament in elections last month.