Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, jumps before he is pushed

UNPOPULAR, isolated, and facing the humiliation of impeachment, Pervez Musharraf resigned as president of Pakistan on Monday August 18th. In an emotional address, he accused his opponents of pursuing a “vendetta” against him. Even before the speech ended, they were dancing in the streets.

The former dictator’s demise had looked inevitable since August 7th, when the ruling coalition, led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), declared that it would impeach him. A list of Mr Musharraf’s alleged crimes had been compiled and would have been presented to parliament shortly after his address, if he had not resigned. The charge-sheet included Mr Musharraf’s first seizure of power in 1999 and his second last November, when he declared a state-of-emergency as a means to get himself re-elected president. ...


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