19 March 2008

Here's some good news

Lots of blood and violence in the news these days: Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Tibet, and so on ad nauseam. But it isn't all bad. On the bright side, a woman has been elected speaker of the new Pakistani parliament. Fehmida Mirza, the first woman to hold the job, was elected overwhelmingly. And a very impressive woman she is. A doctor and businesswoman, Ms. Mirza has been elected to parliament three times. A member of Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party, she ensures that a female face remains prominent in that party, the most popular in the country. This is of no small importance in the very macho nation of Pakistan.

The party has yet to choose a prime minister ... is it possible? No, that's too much to hope for.

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