Bhutto's Party to Name Next Pakistani PM

Shariz allies drop candidate as 'goodwill gesture' to PPP
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2008 8:30 PM CDT
Pakistan's People's Party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who is a likely candidate for Pakistan's premiership.   (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
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(Newser) – The party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said today it will name Pakistan's next premier this weekend, AFP reports. After former PM Nawaz Sharif's party pulled their  candidate as a "goodwill gesture," the PPP candidate will likely be sworn in Tuesday without much debate, the AP reports. Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari is a popular choice but remains ineligible; analysts say he may replace a temporary leader later on.

Makhdoom Amin Fahim, a senior Bhutto aide, was a popular choice until former PM Nawaz Sharif's party protested his links to President Musharraf. A month after his party was crushed in a national ballot, the Musharraf remains politically isolated. He faces the likely reinstetement of judges he replaced out of fear they would question the legitimacy of his own re-election. (Read more Pervez Musharraf stories.)