Pakistan ruling party replaces PM nominee after arrest warrant

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 3:01 AM
Pakistan ruling party replaces PM nominee after arrest warrant
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's ruling party on Friday nominated former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to replace the ousted prime minister, as political intrigue gripped the U.S. ally.The Pakistan People's Party had nominated the textiles minister to replace Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court this week.But an anti-narcotics court issued an arrest warrant for the textiles minister, undermining his bid, in a move analysts said may have been orchestrated by the powerful military.(Reporting by Qasim Nauman; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)