No, I did not have a fantasy election in my mind where Barack Obama or John McCain won. This election was in Pakistan where the husband of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto beat out competition to win to become Pakistan’s new president, and an essential partner in the war on terror.
Election results how that Asif Ali Zardari won in a landslide victory primarily by supporters still loyal to his late wife wishing to see her political aspirations live on in him. Many celebrated and cried tears of joy, while others shouted chants of “Long live Bhutto!”
While this election comes amongst controversy on the new elected official, many still thinking he’s guilty of corruption charges that caused his wife to be dismissed from office twice, and others with worries that he may face the same fate of Prime Minister Bhutto of being assassinated.
Washington officials congratulated Zardari and are certainly hoping that he’ll help take part in the U.S. led war against terrorism as both Pakistan and Afghanistan seek to eradicate Taliban forces from the border of both countries. U.S. and NATO officials say that the Pakistani government has little sway along that frontier, and are hopeful this regime change will make a difference.
Benazir Bhutto was elected the youngest and first ever female Prime Minister in 1988 and again in 1993, as the head of the Pakistani government. Her husband now take the place of former head of state, Pervez Musharraf, as president.
Not for nothin’, but his son probably has more political experience than him. But the good thing is, politics run in their family. We can only hope that Zardari is as revered as his wife, Benazir Bhutto. As a ally in the war on terror and a nuclear ally, we will need his leadership to be well respected and taken as a step in the right direction for the country.
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