파키스탄의 페르베즈 무샤라프 대통령(사진)이 탄핵을 면하기 위해 자진사임했습니다. 이로써 지난 9년간 이어진 무샤라프 대통령의 철권통치는 막을 내리게됐습니다.

무샤라프 대통령은 18일 TV로 생중계된 대국민연설에서 자신에게 제기된 어떠한 탄핵 사유도 근거없는 것이라고 일축했습니다. 무샤라프 대통령은 1시간 가량 이어진 연설에서 자신의 지도력을 강력히 옹호하고 연설 후반부에서 사임의사를 발표했습니다.

무샤라프 대통령이 파키스탄에 계속 머물것인지 또는 망명을 신청할런지여부는 분명치 않은 가운데, 모하메드미안 숨로 총리가 대통령 권한대행을 맡을 예정입니다.

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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has resigned from office to avoid impeachment, ending nine turbulent years in power.

Mr. Musharraf denied any wrongdoing and called the charges against him baseless when he spoke to the nation in a live television broadcast today (Monday).His announcement came towards the end of the hour-long speech, during which he strongly defended his leadership.

It is not clear if Mr. Musharraf will stay in Pakistan or go into exile. Senate chairman Mohammedmian Soomro will serve as acting president. 

Pakistan's current coalition partners Ali Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif met in the capital, Islamabad, after the announcement. Several issues remain unresolved, including who will take over the presidency, the restoration of top judges fired by the Pakistani leader and whether to prosecute Mr. Musharraf. 

He was soundly defeated by his political opponents during elections earlier this year. The ruling coalition moved to impeach Mr. Musharraf, accusing him of misconduct and violating the constitution when he imposed emergency in November 2007.