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Pakistan Suspended as Member

(CNN) -- The Commonwealth on Thursday suspended Pakistan as a member nation, citing the failure of its president, Pervez Musharraf, to lift a state of emergency imposed earlier this month, step down as Army chief and reinstate the country's constitution and its independent judiciary.

The Ministerial Action Group of the 53-nation group, meeting in Kampala, Uganda, noted Thursday it had urged Pakistan 10 days ago to lift the state of emergency and take further steps, including the "full restoration of fundamental rights and the rule of law that have been curbed," according to a statement on the Commonwealth Web site.

"CMAG agreed that, notwithstanding some progress by the Pakistan government since its last meeting, the situation in Pakistan continued to represent a serious violation of the Commonwealth's fundamental political values," the statement said. The group "renewed its call to the government of Pakistan to implement the necessary measures ... as soon as possible."

The suspension, the group said, is "pending the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in that country."


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