Germany urges Pakistan’s new premier to make reforms

Germany urges Pakistan's new premier to make reforms
New Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani on right. Photo: DPA
The German government welcomed the swearing-in of Pakistan's new Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani on Tuesday and urged him to pursue democratic reforms.

“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.