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President's exit lights up Pakistani faces

August 18, 2008
Pakistan's triumphant ruling coalition on Monday termed President Pervez Musharraf's decision to resign 'a victory for democratic forces' as impromptu celebrations by workers of Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz erupted across the country.

"The biggest hurdle in the way of democracy has been removed," Pakistan People's Party chief Bilawal Bhutto told media persons shortly after the 65-year-old President decided to bow out rather than face a humiliating impeachment motion against him by the ruling coalition.

Image: Pakistani lawyers celebrate after President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation, in front of the presidency in Islamabad.
Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

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