Pakistani voters dealt a huge blow to President Pervez Musharraf when they overwhelmingly voted against his party in parliamentary elections. Although election results are not yet final, President Musharraf told US Senators visiting Pakistan that he accepts the defeat and will work with the newly elected government. In fact, the political future of Musharraf now hangs in the balance.
Two major moderate opposition parties claimed victory, which signals a possible transition out of eight years of military rule in Pakistan. After a very poor showing, Musharraf's party conceded victory and said it was prepared to work in parliament as the opposition. Check out amazing pictures of Pakistanis going to the polls on what was a surprisingly smooth election day.
A moderate parliament could be good for the United States, which considers Pakistan a key ally in the war on terror. Nevertheless, the opposition parties ran against the idea of Pakistan simply acting as a tool of the United States.