Monday, March 31, 2008

Will Change in Pakistan's Government Effect US Foreign Policy?

It will be interesting to watch?

excerpt from:
New Pakistan cabinet sworn in
Al Jazeera English

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, has sworn in 24 members of the new cabinet led by Yousaf Raza Gilani, the prime minister.

Of those sworn in on Monday, 11 came from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of Benazir Bhutto, the late former prime minister, while nine others were members of the PML-N party of Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister.

Some PML-N members being sworn in wore black armbands in a show of protest against Musharraf, who ousted Sharif and his government in a 1999 military coup.

The PPP and the PML-N swept general elections six weeks ago on pledges to limit presidential powers and re-instate judges Musharraf removed.

The incoming coalition government needed another week to finalise its cabinet lineup and is expected to add dozens more names in the coming weeks.

Among the key figures sworn in on Tuesday, the Cambridge University-educated Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who will be become foreign minister, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, another Bhutto loyalist who will be defence minister, and Ishaq Dar, a Sharif ally who will be finance minister.

Among other appointments, Sherry Rehman, a senior Bhutto party spokeswoman, has been chosen minister of information.

Economic shake-up

As part of the government's new platform, Dar said the economic policies of the previous pro-Musharraf administration would have to be reversed.

"They are handing over the economy in mutilated shape," the new finance minister, who is from Sharif's party, told reporters on Sunday.

Sound familiar?

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