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Pakistan's election set to be postponed

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With tension high in Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, elections due on January 8 look set to be postponed.

People are slowly coming back onto the streets after days of rioting that left dozens dead and caused massive damage. But life is still far from back to normal, not least because of the uncertainty surrounding the poll.

The electoral commission will formally announce tomorrow whether the ballot should be put back in the wake of the murder and its violent aftermath. But some media reports from Pakistan suggest a decision has already been taken to delay the vote until at least the third week of February.

Now headed jointly by Benazir Bhutto’s widower and teenage son, the Pakistan People’s Party has said it wants the election to go ahead as planned. A big sympathy vote could come its way.

In the meantime, as he mourns his wife, Asif Ali Zardari is calling on the UN and Britain to lead an international murder inquiry.