Musharraf in the Middle—Again

He has authority at home, respect abroad and the gold card of 21st century international politics—U.S. military backing. But there's one thing that Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has never had: an election. For a man who seized power two and a half years ago in a military coup, elections are dangerous. You can never be quite sure how they'll turn out.

Musharraf bought himself some insurance against the uncertain forces of politics last week when he announced plans to hold, instead of open and competitive elections, a referendum in May to extend his rule for five more years....

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