Wed Apr 3, 2013 8:4AM
In Pakistan, a caretaker cabinet has been sworn in to lead the country through its upcoming parliamentary elections. The 14-member cabinet will work until the transition to a new government after the May 11 elections.
The process of appointment of a caretaker administration has finally completed in Pakistan. The 14-member interim cabinet of Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister has taken oath in Islamabad as part of efforts to hold free and fair elections in the country. President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath of office to ministers, who will run the country’s affairs until the next civilian government comes in to power as a result of May 11 elections. For the first time in the country’s history, parliamentary polls in Pakistan are taking place under a neutral setup. Many experts believe that Pakistan’s caretaker administration will have a crucial role to ensure smooth democratic transition in a country, which has a history of political instability. In the past, opposition parties accused the country’s powerful security establishment of manipulating election results. It is not only the caretaker government but also Pakistan’s electoral authorities who are being considered as key to organize transparent elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan has already set tough pre-conditions for candidates to contest in the elections- - a move many hope will help bring real change to the country.