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On March 29, 2008, Zimbabwe held presidential and parliamentary elections that appeared to have ousted revolutionary hero-turned dictator Robert Mugabe and his party from power. However, the government's delay of the official results left the final result uncertain and the tension high. After months of negotiations, a final power-sharing agreement was reached that gave opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai the Prime Minister post while Mugabe retained the presidency. This section provides a detailed history of Mugabe's political rise and the conditions that set the stage for the 2008 elections.
The new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gillani, was sworn into office on March 25, 2008. He represents the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which will lead the government for the first time in twelve years, significantly diminishing the power of President Pervez Musharraf. The results are influenced by a long history of transition between civilian and military rule, and three powerful figures: Musharraf and former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and the late Benazir Bhutto.