UPDATE: Surprise! PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari secured a large win in Pakistan’s presidential elections on Saturday. Information Minister Sherry Rehman was quoted saying, “It is an historic win. It is a victory for democracy…This man suffered jail for more than 11 years for the sake of democracy and today he is elected as the president of the country and it is a sign of the strengthening of democracy.” According to the AFP, Zardari secured “281 out of 426 parliamentary votes and won a thumping majority in three of the four provincial assemblies forming the presidential electoral college.”
Members of Pakistan’s Parliament and four provincial assemblies began voting today for the country’s new president. Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which heads the coalition government, is expected to win. The result is due later on Saturday. Stay tuned!