Looking Past Musharraf in Pakistan

The victory of pro-democracy opposition parties over Pervez Musharraf's military government is the first step in a long journey toward civilian rule
Opposition leaders: former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (left) and Pakistan People's Party leader Asif Ali Zardari. Getty Images

The inevitable happened in Pakistan on Feb. 18. Pro-democracy opposition parties won a big election victory and voters declared hugely unpopular President Pervez Musharraf a dud. The two winners, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won the majority of the votes—155 of the 272 contested seats in Pakistan's National Assembly—and are now in talks to form a coalition government.

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