Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zardari Accepts Party's Nomination for Pakistani Presidency

Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, appears to have accepted the unanaminous nomination of the Pakistan People's Party to be its candidate for President. He was nominated by the PPP yesterday.

As of this writing there are no other candidates for the vote that will take place on September 6th.

Of course, there had been talk that the powers of the President would be reduced to that of a ceremonial position. Zardari's candidacy and almost certain victory (unless something, Lord forbid, happens to him) basically jettisons that.

Hopefully, Zardari and Nawaz Sharif will reach some agreement on reinstating judges and that will mollify Sharif sufficiently enough to let the debate on the powers of the Presidency wait until another day.

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