Former Pakistani Leader Benazir Bhutto Assasinated

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27th. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state. She was sworn in for the first time as Prime Minister in 1988 but was removed from office after only 20 months on grounds of alleged corruption. In 1993 Bhutto was re-elected but was again removed in 1996 on similar charges. In mid 2007, Bhutto appeared to have arranged a power sharing deal with the US backed dictator Pervez Musharraf, but the deal was scuttled when the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that Musharraf, could not legally remain President. Musharraf declared emergency rule and replaced the Supreme Court in December. Bhutto publicly denounced Musharraf but refused to boycott elections set for January 2008 that many saw as being rigged by Musharraf.

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