Zardari becomes first Pak president to retire after completing full term

Islamabad, Sept. 9 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has stepped down, leaving his official residence after a record five years in power.

The 58-year-old was treated to an honour guard from the armed forces and shook hands with staff before leaving the presidential palace.

According to the Daily Times, Zardari is the only president in Pakistan to complete a full term in office and hand over to another at the ballot box.

His successor Mamnoon Hussain is to be sworn in on Monday.

Zardari is going to Lahore, hoping to open a new era for his Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which suffered a humiliating electoral defeat to the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in May, the report said.

Zardari is the only democratically elected president in the 66-year-long history of Pakistan to have completed a full five-year constitutional tenure.

On Monday, he will attend the oath-taking ceremony, as former president, of the newly elected president, Hussain. (ANI)


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