Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Breaking News: Musharraf Concedes Defeat In Pakistani Election

Phew. There's a lot going on today.

The final vote hasn't been tallied yet but we do know that Musharraf has officially conceded defeat. It's looking like no party will get enough votes to form a majority in Parliament but, regardless, the impending coalition government will mean there are a lot of changes on the horizon for Pakistan, for better or for worse. Probably for worse.

Channel 4 News has the early details:

Thousands of opposition supporters have been celebrating on the streets of Islamabad this morning after the party led by President Pervez Musharraf conceded defeat in the country's parliamentary elections.

Although the last votes are still being counted, no individual party is expected to claim an overall majority in the National Assembly.

It's likely that the two main opposition parties - the Pakistan People's Party of the late Benazir Bhutto and supporters of the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif - will form an alliance.

President Musharraf has said he is prepared to accept the results and work with any party to build a democracy.

The West is going to realize pretty quickly that they didn't know what they had until it was gone.

More details as they become available.

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