Saturday, April 06, 2002

Would Pervy Take No For an Answer-Musharraf has proposed a referendum on his presidency, giving himself an legitimized extension in office after taking over in a coup three years ago. He seems to come from the "If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you" school of politics-"I'm not power hungry, but I don't believe in power sharing... I believe in unity of command because I'm an army man. That's the way democracy in Pakistan will function." A referendum will make it hard for opponents to beat him without an alternative. If he runs the election fairly, he will get out from under the coup stigma. He's unlikely to lose a fair election, but would he take no for an answer?

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