Benazir Bhutto’s husband and son say they are honouring her wishes by taking over the running of her political party.
In her will, Bhutto asked her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, to continue her legacy.
But he decided it should be their 19-year-old son Bilawal who would carry the family mantle forward.
“Like all chairmen of the Pakistan People’s Party I will stand as the symbol of the Federation,” the teenager said.
“The party’s long and historic struggle for democracy will continue with renewed vigour, and I stand committed to the stability of the Federation. My mother always said democracy is the best revenge.”
If the January 8 parliamentary election goes ahead, the PPP says it will contest it. A party allied to President Pervez Musharraf has suspended its campaign. But Bhutto’s political rival, Nawaz Sharif, now says he will also run.
The death of Benazir Bhutto on Thursday in a suicide bombing sparked mass street demonstrations. Nearly 50 people died.
The Pakistani authorities responded with a fierce crackdown, even sanctioning a shoot-to-kill policy.
Conspiracy theories continue to abound over who killed Benazir Bhutto. Her family is now calling for a UN enquiry to find out the truth.