The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Friday authorized Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to dissolve the cabinet and form a smaller one, a media report said.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the PPP, Dawn News reported.
“President Zardari has given the authority to Gilani to dissolve the cabinet whenever he wants,” PPP secretary general Jehangir Badr said after the meeting.
Badr said it would be up to the prime minister to determine when the dissolution happens.
The decision follows criticism that the cabinet, which has more than 50 ministers, is too bloated for a country facing financial crunch.
The main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sought a smaller cabinet as part of a 10-point economic agenda accepted by the ruling party in January.