Musharraf Accepts Compromise On Judges

During the hectic times of the fall of 2007 when President Musharraf of Pakistan openly challenged his political opponents, the decision to sack sittng supreme court justices antagonized major sectors of his nation. Musharraf apparently has accepted a compromise that restores the judges, increases the power of the prime minister, but also allows the president to come across as a leader making important decisions. He wants to make certain that if he departs from the presidency, it is his decision and his timing for such an occurrence.

Among the host of proposed reforms, appointment of provisional governors would now reside in the hands of the prime minister rather than the president, and the president would have less power in dissolving parliament. At this point a key consideration is allowing Musharraf to maintain his dignity even if a good portion of his power has been diluted.