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Pakistan’s Constitutional Coup

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has charged Prime Minister Gilani with contempt of court. Gilani offered to resign on Monday, and will testify Thursday. The charges stem from his refusal to reopen a corruption case against President Zardari.

Via Meadia thought something like this could be coming: the Supreme Court, propelled by the Army, which seeks to exercise power from behind the scenes, charges the civilian government with ineptitude and brings in new, more acceptable ministers. The army gets what it wants, but without all the fuss and mess of an actual coup. People connected to the army have been talking about this plan almost since the PPP government took power; the time for talk now seems to be over.

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  • Anthony

    WRM, not months, weeks, but days….Someone gets what it wants without…

  • http://hmonrdick Richard Nichols

    Will the Obama administration treat this action the same way it treated a similar action by Honduras a couple of years ago? If not, why not?

  • Mrs. Davis

    If not, why not?

    Because it is capable of learning?

  • Jim.

    So, who else thinks that this will prompt a rethink of the power of Supreme Courts vs. the demonstrated will of the electorate? That’s needed in more than just Pakistan.

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