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New Pakistani Prime Minister Frees Chief Justice

Yousef Raza Gilani, Pakistan's newly chosen prime minister, orders the release of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry from house arrest Monday, prompting speculation that the Pakistan's supreme court may be reinstated.

Chaudhry's removal was one of the key events that triggered the revival of the opposition movement in Pakistan last year, and Gilani's move deals a blow to President Pervez Musharraf.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
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