The head of Pakistan’s army-backed ruling party Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was named prime minister, becoming the second premier under military ruler President Pervez Musharraf after a snap reshuffle that critics said made a mockery of democracy. Shujaat, a two-time former minister and wealthy industrialist who turns 59 next month, easily won a national assembly vote to fill the slot made vacant by Zafarullah Jamali’s sudden resignation on Saturday. Jamali, also from Shujaat’s pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, quit without explanation after months of rumours that General Musharraf, the army chief who still wields ultimate power despite the presence of an elected parliament, was fed up with his lacklustre performance. Full Story
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