Zardari, Mr. 10%

Zardari, Mr. 10%

Zardari, widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was elected President of Pakistan today, and took over a country in political and economic turmoil. Zardari replaces resigning Pervez Musharraf amid fears of a strengthening Taliban insurgency.

Western nations jumped to congratulate and announce their support.

Zardari is known to many people here as “Mr. 10 Percent” because of allegations that he took millions of dollars in kickbacks during his wife’s two terms as prime minister in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He spent 11 years in prison on corruption charges but was not convicted.

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