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General Musharraf Says Goodbye To Troops

From those champions of legitimate governance at the Associated Press:

Musharraf bids farewell to troops

By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writers

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – President Gen. Pervez Musharraf bade farewell to the military Tuesday, a day before he steps down as army chief and restores Pakistan to civilian rule in an effort to ease the country’s political crisis.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf ousted in a 1999 coup, said the president’s departure from the army would make “a lot of difference,” but insisted he needed to do much more to defuse tensions. Relinquishing the post of army chief has been a key demand of an increasingly adamant opposition to Musharraf both at home and abroad.

A guard of honor of about 150 army, navy and air force troops stood to attention as Musharraf arrived at the army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. The colonial-style complex contains Musharraf’s office.

A military band played the national anthem as a grim-faced Musharraf, wearing a green-and-white sash over his uniform and a row of medals on his chest, inspected the troops on a small parade ground.

He held a brief closed-door meeting with other senior commanders, then traveled to the head offices of the navy and air force in the nearby capital, Islamabad.

He made no comment to reporters allowed to watch some of the events…

The general has purged the courts and quickly obtained a Supreme Court ruling validating his victory in a disputed presidential election last month…

Sharif and Bhutto both registered Monday to run in the election but, like other smaller opposition groups, they have threatened to boycott the vote to undermine its legitimacy…

Ever notice how our media is careful to never mention what the Supreme Court had to decide about the elections?

It was a procedural question, about whether someone can run for the Presidency while being in the military. Even if it was understood he would step down if elected.

Well, he did step down. So it is the most minor of a technicality.

But just like in our country, the opposition and the media will try to de-legitimize the elections any way one can.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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