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Presidential win is victory for democracy: Zardari

world Updated: Sep 06, 2008 20:59 IST

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Pakistan president-elect Asif Ali Zardari said his victory in Saturday's election shows "democracy talks and everybody hears."

"This president will be subservient to parliament. Democracy talks and everybody hears," Zardari said in a short television broadcast.

"Listen to democracy," he added.

Zardari, who earlier won a poll among lawmakers, was referring to the era of military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who was accused of bypassing Parliament throughout his near nine-year rule of Pakistan that ended in August.

Zardari's pledge comes amid accusations by the country's opposition that he was concentrating too much power by not doing away with amendments that Musharraf made to the country's constitution.

The changes allow Pakistan's president to dismiss parliament and appoint leaders of the country's all-powerful military, which has ruled for about half of the country's 61-year history.