Pakistan's President to Resign

By Mario Hendricks - bio | email

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (WSFA) -- We're following some breaking news out of Pakistan this morning. MSNBC is reporting that Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, has agreed to resign from office. He says he's resigning now to avoid an impeachment battle that would harm the nation's interests.

In a nationally televised speech, Musharraf said he would hand his resignation to the speaker of the national assembly later today.

Musharraf dominated Pakistan for years after seizing power in a military coup in 1999. His rivals won parliamentary elections in February and have been trying to get him out of office ever since.

Many Pakistanis blame rising violence in their country on Musharraf's alliance with the United States. It is not immediately clear if he will remain in Pakistan.