Asif Ali Zardari has been elected Pakistan’s new president by members of Pakistan’s parliament and four provincial assemblies. He had been widely expected to win. Asif Ali Zardari is the widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated
in December last year.
There was considerable controversy over his candidacy. The 53-year-old spent 11 years in jail on corruption and other charges, and although he was never convicted he is seen by some in the country as unfit to rule.
Asif Ali Zardari was thrust into the centre of politics by his wife’s murder. Zardari replaces Pervez Musharraf, who led the country for nine years, and resigned last month to avoid impeachment proceedings.