The vote can go ahead but the leading candidate’s eligibility still has to be decided. That is the verdict from Pakistan’s Supreme Court over President Musharraf’s re-election bid. A ballot on Saturday in the country’s parliament and provincial assemblies looks set to hand him victory.
But judges have ruled he cannot be declared winner until they decide if he is eligible to run while still army chief. Musharraf, who came to power in a coup eight years ago, has vowed to quit the army if elected. He also appears on the verge of signing an agreement with opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who is about to return to Pakistan from exile. It seems corruption charges will be dropped against her, as part of what could become a power-sharing deal after parliamentary elections in January.