The Bhutto Party

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Pakistan People’s Party’s new chairman will be a nineteen year-old whose main qualification is that he’s Benazir Bhutto’s son. I was going to say something snarky about how that reflects on the PPP’s credentials as tribunes of liberalism and reform, but of course the odds of us going Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton in the White House look pretty good so there’s really no call for jokes. The Times, meanwhile, looks further afield and refers to “an abiding dynastic streak in South Asian politics — three generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family have dominated politics in India, and hereditary politics pervade Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.”

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