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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Icons we mourn: Benazir Bhutto

I appreciate that she wasn't everyone's favourite world leader, but she is still an icon. And there is little that justifies assassination, accompanied by yet another suicide bombing.
Born in 1953 in the province of Sindh and educated at Harvard and Oxford, Ms Bhutto gained credibility from her father's high profile, even though she was a reluctant convert to politics.

She was twice prime minister of Pakistan, from 1988 to 1990, and from 1993 to 1996.

On both occasions she was dismissed from office by the president for alleged corruption.

The dismissals typified her volatile political career, which was characterised by numerous peaks and troughs. At the height of her popularity - shortly after her first election - she was one of the most high-profile women leaders in the world.

Young and glamorous, she successfully portrayed herself as a refreshing contrast to the overwhelmingly male-dominated political establishment.

But after her second fall from power, her name came to be seen by some as synonymous with corruption and bad governance.

One wonders what people in India, Pakistan and North Korea think when they hear Americans worrying about Clinton and Bush dynasties.

BBC obit



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