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Pakistan’s New Radical PM Will Have Total Power

From Reuters:

Pakistan’s Sharif free to rule without unwieldy coalition

By Nick Macfie | May 16, 2013 

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif won enough seats in Saturday’s parliamentary election that he won’t need to form a coalition with other major parties to push through badly needed reforms, final figures showed on Thursday.

Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 124 of a total 272 seats, with its nearest rival, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), winning 31, in the country’s first democratic handing over of power since independence in 1947.

To achieve the required majority of 137, he need only secure support from a handful of like-minded independents…

The new government will have its hands full with problems ranging from chronic power shortages, a near-failed economy, a Taliban insurgency and building relations with the United States and arch rival India.

Notice that Reuters can’t be bothered to tell its readers anything about Sharif’s past. But, as we have previously noted, Mr. Sharif was a major supporter of the Taliban when he was Prime Minister in the past. And he also tried to put Pakistan under Sharia Law.

Oh, and he also was the PM when Pakistan got ‘the bomb.’

There will be recounts or re-polling in 11 constituencies where there were "law and order" concerns, accusations of vote rigging or, in two seats, deaths of candidates, the Election Commission said, adding that the polls had been the most successful in the country’s history.

Khan, recovering in hospital after a fall from a fork-lift taking to him an election campaign podium, has given the commission three days to investigate vote rigging, failing which his party would launch protests across the country, media said.

But accusations of vote rigging were the norm, commission deputy director Khurshid Alam said on Thursday.

"In 2008, there were more than 300 complaints. This time, there were only 53," he said. "This election is the most transparent and good."

As we have also previously noted, when he was running for the US, Obama said that he would send missiles into Pakistan if  if he thought radical Muslims might get a hold of their nuclear weapons. Then later, in August 2007, when he was running for President, Obama vowed that he would send ground troops into Pakistan if they did not do more to stop their support for terrorists. But now that it is actually happening nobody even seems to be noticing because of all of the Obama scandals.

But, man alive, the take-over of the Middle East by Muslim extremists (aka the Arab Spring) is really another Obama scandal. In fact, it will probably turn out to be the Mother of them all in the eyes of world history.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pakistan’s New Radical PM Will Have Total Power”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Well, sure. This ought to turn ought well.

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