Musharraf’s Party Projected to Lose–Badly

Let’s see if these results last after they count the vote, but it looks like Musharraf’s party lost today’s election–resoundingly.

From unofficial results the private news channel, Aaj Television, forecast that the Pakistan Peoples Party would win 110 seats in the 272-seat National Assembly, with Mr. Sharif’s party taking 100 seats.

Mr. Musharraf’s party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, was crushed, holding on to just 20 to 30 seats. Early results released by the state news agency, The Associated Press of Pakistan, also showed the Pakistan Peoples Party to be leading in the number of seats won.

The Election Commission of Pakistan declared the elections free and fair and said the polling passed relatively peacefully, despite some irregularities and scattered violence. Ten people were killed and 70 injured around the country, including one candidate who was shot in Lahore on the night before the vote, Pakistani news channels reported.

Fearful of violence and deterred by confusion at polling stations, voters did not turn out in large numbers. Yet fears from opposition parties that the government would try to rig the elections did not materialize, as the early losses showed.

If it’s true that Musharraf’s government didn’t (or didn’t succeed in) rigging the elections, score one for democracy. But that doesn’t mean the US is prepared to deal with the aftermath–even if, as projected, Bhutto’s party the PPP comes out ahead.

The results opened a host of new challenges for the Bush administration, which has been criticized in Congress and by Pakistan analysts for relying too heavily on Mr. Musharraf. Even as Mr. Musharraf’s standing plummeted and the insurgency gained strength, senior Bush administration officials praised Mr. Musharraf as a valued partner in the effort against terrorism.

The NYT, at least, makes it sounds as if Musharraf is ready to pack it in.

Two politicians close to Mr. Musharraf have said in the past week that the president was well aware of the drift in the country against him and they suggested that he would not remain in office if the new government was in direct opposition to him. “He does not have the fire in the belly for another fight,” said one member of his party. He added that Mr. Musharraf was building a house for himself in Islamabad and would be ready soon to move.

What will Dick Cheney do without his faithful puppet?

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

15 Responses to Musharraf’s Party Projected to Lose–Badly

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz Who will fire and hire a new coach and/or athletic director first, Michigan or Florida? https://t.co/P3QJ6pEWnL
3mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz The Decline and Fall of the Bo Merlot Empire https://t.co/P3QJ6pEWnL A tragic tale about Michigan Men. With music by Mose Allison+Jack Bruce
13mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @AllThingsHLS: My latest article for @ForeignPolicy on Lone Wolves with links to @intelwire and @dmataconis http://t.co/C1fSGKB1lY
16mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @ianbremmer: Largest contribution of foreign medical staff to fight Ebola in West Africa: Cuba
34mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @joshgerstein Murkan ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. Wanna write screen play for Ebola infected terrorists landing rising up, invading?
36mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Honeygirl_Music @DwntwnKiraBrown Count on it. Assuming Scotty remembers to text me! Tell him I will bring Liz next time.
40mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @Honeygirl_Music: @bmaz @DwntwnKiraBrown You rock! Thanks so much. Awesome to meet you! We hope to see you again soon!
42mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @Honeygirl_Music: Fun show at @Tarbells last night!! We'll do it again soon and you won't want to miss! Check http://t.co/pvKJFBkZaH for…
44mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Hey, if you all ever get a chance to see @DwntwnKiraBrown and @Honeygirl_Music live get thee there. They are absolutely killer.
44mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz DNA Sequence Analysis Shows Ebola Outbreak Naturally Ocurring, Not Engineered Virus https://t.co/joVsaLqx6e Superb analysis by @JimWhiteGNV
51mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @Cmdr_Hadfield: The excellent many erasing the small-minded actions of the very few. Thank you, good people. http://t.co/LsSeg9kf7P http…
1hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @Laurie_Garrett: After all the huffing puffing re NJ exceeding @CDCgov quarantine guides for #Ebola the nurse in Newark who worked in WA…
1hreplyretweetfavorite
February 2008
S M T W T F S
« Jan   Mar »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272829