Benazir Bhutto's Will Released

February 06, 2008 07:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Pakistan Peoples Party releases Bhutto's will to the public, prompting speculation that her husband is trying to position himself as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.

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The will praises Bhutto’s husband—Asif Ali Zardari—as “a man of courage and honor,” and proposes that he lead the PPP “in this interim period until you and he decide what is best.”

Newsweek and Indian newspaper The Hindu speculate that the move affirms Zardari’s interest in running the party. Analysts have blamed Zardari for the corruption allegations that dogged his wife's two terms as prime minister.

Syed Farooq Hasnat, a scholar at Washington's Middle East Institute, explains that there is concern that if Zardari runs, the PPP could “revert back to a somewhat monarchial-style system.”

Hasnat goes on to state that Pakistanis "are not ready for Zardari."

Last month, the son of Bhutto and Zardari—Bilawal Bhutto Zardari—announced that his father would lead the party until Bilawal graduates from Oxford University. Bilawal is supposed to take over leadership after graduation.

Headline Links: Zardari as candidate

Background: Asif Ali Zardari and key figures in the Bhutto dynasty

Historical Context: Pakistan People’s Party


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