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President Musharraf of Pakistan Resigns

Just because Musharraf is out doesn't mean things are going to get better.
 
 
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Yes, that just happened:

Under pressure over impending impeachment charges, President Pervez Musharraf announced he would resign Monday, ending nearly nine years as one of the United States’ most important allies in the campaign against terrorism.

Speaking on television from his presidential office here at 1 p.m., Mr. Musharraf, dressed in a gray suit and tie, said that after consulting with his aides, “I have decided to resign today.” He said he was putting national interest above “personal bravado.”

Such an enemy of personal bravado is Musharraf that he closed his address, according to the New York Times, by pumping his fist and bellowing "Long live Pakistan!" As of the moment, it's unclear who will replace Musharraf as president, as the new governing coalition is rife with infighting and has to elevate someone within a month.

Spencer Ackerman is a senior reporter at the Washington Independent. His personal blog is Too Hot For TNR .

 
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