Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Left Masthead
October 7, 2015
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Rad American Women A-Z

Truthdig Bazaar
Desert Reckoning

Desert Reckoning

By Deanne Stillman

more items

Ear to the Ground
Print this item

Bhutto’s Husband Won’t Seek PM Position

Posted on Feb 20, 2008
AP photo / Shakil Adil

Asif Ali Zardari (above) isn’t angling to become Pakistan’s prime minister, but his son with Bhutto, Bilawal Zardari, has been nominated as chairman of the PPP.

Although the late Benazir Bhutto’s party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), fared well in Monday’s parliamentary election, her widower, Asif Ali Zardari (a controversial figure known in some circles as “Mr. Ten Percent”), isn’t planning to follow in her footsteps as Pakistan’s prime minister.

Meanwhile, President Pervez Musharraf’s standing hangs in the balance; although he won’t step down after several of his allies were unseated in Monday’s vote, Musharraf’s opponents could push for his impeachment if they build enough momentum within the government.


Asif Ali Zardari said his PPP party would choose another candidate to lead a coalition government that opposition parties are expected to form.

President Pervez Musharraf has called for reconciliation after his party’s defeat, but he ruled out stepping down.

He said the polls had strengthened moderate forces inside the country.

Mr Zardari, a deeply divisive figure in Pakistani politics who has spent several years in prison on corruption charges, is not an MP and is therefore not currently eligible to serve as prime minister.

Read more

More Below the Ad


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By QuyTran, February 20, 2008 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Damned !

Report this
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Like Truthdig on Facebook