Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Now?

August 18, 2008

Pakistani President Musharraf has resigned from his post in order to avoid impeachment. Largely seen as a secular Muslim when he seized power in 1999, Musharraf's rule has been fraught with turbulence in a nation that regularly assassinates its leaders.

Candidate George W. Bush was asked about this new leader on the campaign trail in 2000, and even though he could hardly pronounce Musharraf's name or explain the significance of Pakistan's military coup, the two leaders would become very close for the next eight years.

President Musharraf has won re-election, survived at least 2 assassination attempts, and prevented Pakistan from cascading even deeper into a theocracy...yet he is so threatened today that he must flee in exile after resigning. Here is a timeline of his tenure as President.

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