Jan 17 - Pakistan parliament votes to support Gilani government. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS SOME CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Pakistan's parliament has voted in support of its prime minister's government. This raises hopes for its survival amidst the worst political crisis in over a decade. (SOUNDBITE) PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER YUSAF RAZA GILANI SAYING (Urdu): (PARTLY OVERLAPPED BY VISUAL OF PARLIAMENT) "At this historical moment, I congratulate you and the entire House for passing this Resolution in favour of the institutions, in favour of democracy and for strengthening this House which is the fountainhead of power. I salute you for passing this Resolution with a majority, an absolute majority." The passed resolution backed the government's efforts to "strengthen democracy" but stopped short of criticising the military. Some opposition members walked out of parliament during the vote. The opposition leader said the government had its own reasons for the resolution. (SOUNDBITE) LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION CHAUDHRY NISAR ALI KHAN SAYING (Urdu): "They wanted to save some special people from the law and the constitution, to cover their ineptness and their crimes. The government has started a confrontation between the institutions, and it wanted to attack these institutions under cover of the Parliament." Pakistan PM, Yusuf Raza Gilani has been ordered to appear before the court in January for failure to follow up on corruption cases against the president and others. This is the latest blow for the administration. It also faces pressure from the military over a memo seeking US help to avert an alleged coup last year. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters