Morning Brief: Is Musharraf going down?

Top Story AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images Pakistani political leaders have “agreed in principle” to impeach Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani president has reportedly canceled his trip to Beijing (again), and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will be going instead. Gilani told the White House last week that Musharraf was “irrelevant,” but the Pakistani president is making moves ...

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AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani political leaders have "agreed in principle" to impeach Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani president has reportedly canceled his trip to Beijing (again), and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will be going instead. Gilani told the White House last week that Musharraf was "irrelevant," but the Pakistani president is making moves to split the governing coalition.

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AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani political leaders have “agreed in principle” to impeach Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistani president has reportedly canceled his trip to Beijing (again), and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will be going instead. Gilani told the White House last week that Musharraf was “irrelevant,” but the Pakistani president is making moves to split the governing coalition.

Indeed, I wouldn’t count him out just yet. Under a yet-to-be-announced agreement between the two main political parties, Musharraf would have to pass a vote of confidence in Parliament. Fail, and a two-thirds majority would be required to impeach him. Musharraf will try to find ways to play the two parties against one another so that they can’t reach two thirds. Whether he will succeed is anyone’s guess at this point.

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