Pakistani Voters Favor Opposition

February 19, 2008 02:19 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The main party of President Pervez Musharraf suffered heavy defeats in Monday’s elections. Many see the ballot as a referendum against his policies.

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The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the most seats in Pakistan’s National Assembly with an estimated 87 victories.

The main supporting party of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), came in a distant third with around 38 seats.

According to Al Jazeera, the opposition parties have won enough seats in the National Assembly to form a coalition government. 

The widower of Benazir Bhutto and new leader of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, stated that his party will form such an alliance, but on the condition that members of President Musharraf’s party be excluded.

"For now, the decision of the party is that we are not interested in any of those people who are part and parcel of the last government,” he stated during a news conference.

The elections had been scheduled for Jan. 8, 2008, but were delayed after the assassination of former PPP leader and presidential candidate Benazir Bhutto.

Headline Link: Pakistani election results

Background: The opposition wins

Related Topic: Bhutto assassination delays elections


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