Musharraf retires from post as army chief

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

In a farewell to Pakistani troops, Pervez Musharraf has told them they are "the saviors" of the country.

Musharraf has stepped down from his post as military commander, a day before he's to be sworn in as Pakistan's civilian president.

At a ceremony in Rawalpindi, he appeared to be blinking back tears as the guard of honor marched by for the last time.

His retirement from the military has been a key opposition demand, and it may help defuse a possible boycott of parliamentary elections in January by parties opposed to his rule.

Since seizing power in a coup in 1999, Musharraf has also served as president while retaining his post as head of the armed forces.

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