With question marks remaining over the legality of Pakistan’s presidential ballot, there is a warning of political turmoil ahead. Military ruler Pervez Musharraf won the most votes in a poll of politicians, but the Supreme Court still has to decide if he was eligible to stand while still army chief.
Political analyst Nasim Zehra said: “I think there is going to be a political turbulence and that would happen in any case as we move towards the general elections. But particularly at a time when the presidential elections have been controversial. There is ordinance, national reconciliation ordinance has come out, which is controversial.”
Supporters of Musharraf celebrated his victory, even though he has not yet been declared the winner. Not everyone joined in the festivities, however. Opposition parties abstained or boycotted the vote, slamming it as unconstitutional. They say Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup eight years ago, should not have been allowed to run for the post.