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Bhutto’s Widower Assumes Presidency in Pakistan

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Posted on Sep 10, 2008
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Newly installed Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, rose to power on a platform of economic stability and concerns about Taliban terrorism.

Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, assumed the presidency of Pakistan on Tuesday, concluding a transfer of power that began with the resignation of former President Pervez Musharraf just two weeks ago. Zardari’s presidency is likely to be one of conflict, as an ongoing Taliban resurgence and a 26 percent approval rating already riddle his first days in office.


The New York Times:

Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of the slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was sworn in as president of Pakistan on Tuesday and immediately declared he would work alongside the leader of Afghanistan to fight terrorism.

In a gesture of improved relations between the countries, Mr. Zardari invited the Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, to attend his inauguration. He was the only foreign leader present.

Mr. Karzai has repeatedly accused Pakistan of helping Taliban fighters cross into Afghanistan in order to attack Afghan, NATO and American forces.

But there was no sign of sour feelings when the two men appeared at a news conference where Mr. Zardari was pummeled with sharp questions from Pakistani reporters about the alliance with the United States.

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By rage, September 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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How is that good news? Ain’t he, like, well, how do I put this charitably, A CROOK?

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By Folktruther, September 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

Zardari is America’s kind of guy, a thief who can be bought and will loot his own country relentlessly.  Hopefully he won’t last to long, since the population hat both him and the US who supports him.

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