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Bhutto’s party to nominate Pakistan PM at weekend

March 21, 2008

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The party of Pakistan‘s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will name its candidate for the post of prime minister at the weekend, a spokesman said Friday.

 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, seen here in January 2008. ...

President Pervez Musharraf has summoned the new parliament on Monday to elect a prime minister, which will clear the way for a coalition government hostile to him to start business.

“We will announce our candidate for prime minister on late Saturday or early Sunday,” Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) spokesman Farhatullah Babar told AFP.

The names of the contesting candidates have to be filed before Sunday afternoon for Monday’s vote, he added.

Bhutto’s teenage son and successor as chairman of the party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, returned to Pakistan from London this week to personally announce the candidate.

The PPP emerged as the largest party from general elections on February 18 but has struggled to settle on a candidate amid a power vacuum left by the charismatic Bhutto’s assassination. 


Toward a less democratic Thailand

July 26, 2007

By Shawn W Crispin
The Asia Times
July 26, 2007

BANGKOK – The consensus is that Thailand’s new military-drafted constitution will likely pass a highly anticipated national referendum on August 19. New political parties are fast forming to contest the democratic polls scheduled for the end of this year. And the military seems sincere in its stated intention to hand power over to a new elected government.

In the transition, however, it’s apparent that Thailand’s democracy will be compromised in significant ways …

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