Thursday, December 13, 2007

Presidential Polls - Pakistan

While President Bush's approval ratings may remain mired in the low 30's, he's doing much better than his fellow world leader, Pervez Musharraf. A recent poll conducted in Pakistan showed that two-thirds of Pakistanis want President Musharraf to resign, immediately.

The poll was taken after Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan. A power-sharing proposal with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto also proved unpopular, with 60 percent of respondents opposing it. A partnership between Bhutto and another former prime minister Nawaz Sharif though was supported by 58 percent of those polled.

Bhutto fears that Musharraf may rig the presidential elections on January 8 in a bid to stay in power.

The news from Pakistan has not been all bad. On Saturday lifted the state of emergency he imposed six weeks ago. Musharraf claimed the state of emergency was needed to fight a growing Islamic militant movement, though critics said the move was to put down his political opponents.
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