Pakistan’s General Assembly made history today. The legislative body elected its first female Speaker of Parliament.
Fehmida Mirza is from assassinated leader Benzair Bhuto’s party and is poised to lead a coalition against President Pervez Musharraf. Mirza was nominated from her Pakistan People’s Party to follow in the footsteps of Bhuto who became the first female leader of a Muslim country in 1988.
There is a current Gallup poll that shows an astonishing 88 percent of the Pakistani people support the People’s Party in their efforts to change their government. The PPP, as it is widely known, is just short of the two-thirds it needs in the parliament to oust Musharraf who is showing no signs of willingness to release his stranglehold on the country’s governance.