Islamabad (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani dissolved the federal cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to downsize it. This decision formed the part of an exercise to revamp the image of his government which was taken aback by the charges of inefficiency and corruption.

The announcement of dissolution of the cabinet was made by Gilani during an address on state-run PTV after all members of the cabinet rendered their resignations during a meeting presided by him on Wednesday.

The ruling Pakistan People's Party is also required to downsize the cabinet under the provisions of the 18th constitutional amendment, a landmark reforms package passed by parliament last year.

Apart from this, the government is also facing pressure from the main opposition PML-N to reduce the size of the cabinet and cut spending.

Major Western powers and international donors like the US and the International Monetary Fund have asked Pakistan to cut back on spending and put into practice wholesale economic reforms, including the introduction of a reformed tax regime.

Donors have also showed their concerns about alleged corruption and misuse of funds.

According to the Officials, federal ministers submitted their resignations to enable Gilani to pronounce a new cabinet in accordance with recent decisions taken by the PPP's central executive committee.

Gilani during his address, honoured members of his cabinet and thanked them for their support. The Prime Minister did not inform about the precise date for the formation of new cabinet.

Analysts believe the PPP will face complexities in striking deals with its coalition partners to house members in a smaller cabinet mandated by the 18th constitutional amendment.

Gilani’s new cabinet is expected to comprise of a new team with over 20 members while the outgoing cabinet had 52 members.