Posted by: Tony Carson | 9 October, 2007

The Pakistan democratic election that wasn’t

Here is the New York Time’s take on Gen. Musharraf’s Cynical Win

Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s “election” last weekend as Pakistan’s president was a perversion of democracy.

The vote was not really a vote since, knowing how badly the deck was stacked, the opposition parties refused to participate. The results must now be certified by the Supreme Court, which must decide whether General Musharraf was even eligible to run while still in uniform. We hope the court will rule fairly and independently — and that General Musharraf’s enablers in Washington will make clear that he must respect that decision and finally start moving his country toward the rule of law.

Returning Pakistan to civilian government has been a declared goal of the United States since General Musharraf seized power in 1999. Time and again he has promised that he would resign his post as chief of army staff and take off the uniform, but even now he is playing cute about when — and whether — that might happen.

The editorial continues with a succinct precis on how fragile the Pakistan ‘democracy’ really is.

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