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September 08, 2008


saaz thepoet

eptember 08, 2008

Bhutto's Widower is Pakistan's New President

The New York Times reports:

"Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of the slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a controversial politician with little experience in governing, was elected president of Pakistan on Saturday."

"Results from voting in the two houses of Parliament, and three of four provincial assemblies, showed that Mr. Zardari had easily prevailed over his closest competitor....

"Mr. Zardari, 53, who spent 11 years in jail on corruption charges that were not proven, succeeds Pervez Musharraf, who resigned as president last month under the threat of impeachment....

"The elevation of Mr. Zardari to the presidency, where he will have great powers, including the ability to dissolve Parliament and name the head of the Pakistani Army, comes with the tacit approval of the United States.

"Mr. Zardari has promised a tougher fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda extremists ensconced in the nation's tribal areas, from which they mount assaults on American and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan." (NY Times)

Congratulations to Mr. Zardari.

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