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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 leaves the final result uncertain and the tension high. Regardless of the final outcome, the risk for a violent response makes for an unstable environment in Zimbabwe. Stay tuned to this page for frequent updates and background on the situation.
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.