It may be too early to declare him officially re-elected, but there has been no holding back the supporters of Pervez Musharraf. They have turned out to celebrate after Pakistan’s presidential ballot in parliament and regional assemblies today gave him the most votes.
For Musharraf, however, festivities may have to wait. Supreme Court judges still have to decide if he was eligible to be a candidate and army chief at the same time. Lawyers behind a campaign against Musharraf led demonstrations in the country’s four provincial capitals. If his re-election is confirmed, the president has promised to quit the army to become a civilian leader. This eight years after he seized power in a military coup.
Recently he has been attempting to forge a possible power-sharing deal with the exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. She is expected to return to Pakistan and fight parliamentary elections in January.