Pakistani President’s One Term Marked by Turmoil

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari left office on Sunday with his country still in turmoil five years after his election.  Businessman Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in on Monday.

Zardari, the husband of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, now has the distinction of being the first democratically-elected Pakistani president to complete a full term.

After his wife’s death in December 2007, Zardari helped lead a peaceful campaign to drive then-President Pervez Musharraf from power.  Following Musharraf’s resignation, Zardari was elected president in September 2008.

His tenure was marked by upheaval with political opponents accusing Zardari of mishandling the economy while the Pakistani Taliban used violence in an attempt to destabilize the government.

However, Zardari has been credited with standing up to the militancy as well as overseeing important pieces of legislation including a law that actually usurped the president’s power while strengthening Pakistan’s parliament.

Thus, Hussain, a minion of Zardari’s political foe, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will now hold an office that will be largely ceremonial in nature.

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