July 30 - Pakistani lawmakers have begun voting for the country's new president two weeks early, prompting a boycott from the Pakistan People's Party. Jessica Gray reports.
Pakistani lawmakers begin the process of voting for a new president at Parliament House in Islamabad on Tuesday. The country's leader is elected by members of four provincial assemblies as well as the upper and lower Houses of Parliament in the federal capital. They are choosing between two men - Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan's ruling party and retired judge Wajihuddin Ahmed from Imran Khan's PTI party. Pakistanis were watching the process closely and weren't afraid to voice their opinions. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SHOPKEEPER AZHAR MUNEER SAYING: "Mamnoon Hussain has the highest chances of winning because he is from Sindh province and also because Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League is the majority party. I am sure he will become the president." The vote comes amid a boycott from the Pakistan People's Party, affiliated with current President Asif Ali Zardari, after it was moved forward without their approval. The name of the president elect is expected to be announced later in the day.