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Ruling party says Pakistan elections likely to be delayed following assassination of Bhutto

Ruling party says Pakistan elections likely to be delayed following assassination of Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto's 19-year old son was chosen Sunday to succeed her as chairman of her opposition party, while her husband will serve as co-chairman, extending Pakistan's most famous political dynasty to a third generation, party officials said.
The party also decided to contest upcoming elections, apparently ending the threat of a wholesale boycott by Pakistan's political opposition as the key U.S.-ally in its war on terror struggles to transition to full democracy after years of military rule.
The decisions were made at a closed-door meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party central executive committee, three days after the two-time prime minister was assassinated in a suicide attack, two party officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information.
It catapults Bilawal Zardari, an Oxford University student with no experience in politics, to the center of Pakistan's tumultuous public life.
Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari, 51, is a key powerbroker in the party who served as environment minister in her second government.
A formal announcement was expected shortly.


Updated : 2020-12-04 08:01 GMT+08:00