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Musharraf steps down as army chief

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Musharraf steps down as army chief


Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf has stepped down as army chief. He passed the baton of command to his hand-picked successor General Ashfaq Kayani at a ceremony earlier. Musharraf will be sworn in as civilian leader on Thursday. The president has now fulfilled one of the long-held demands of his political rivals and Western allies, taking off the uniform and becoming a civilian president ahead of elections in January.

Former intelligence chief Kayani who also worked with opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is well-regarded by the West. Musharraf’s pressing concern now is the January election – the president’s popularity has been plummeting since a crisis broke out after he tried to fire the country’s top judge.

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