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Bhutto’s son, Bilawal named her successor

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NAUDERO: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,Benazir Bhutto’s 19-year-old son has been selected as her politcal successor to chair Pakistan People’s Party, after her assassination on Thursday. “My mother always said democracy is the best revenge.” He told the journalists that he will take the role in a ceremonial capacity after completing his studies at Oxford University. He his father would run the party while he is away at university. Bilawal were speaking at a news conference after a meeting of the leadership of the PPP to hear Ms Bhutto’s political will.

Ms Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, who is expected to run the party, turned it down in favour of his son – a decision he said the party leadership had endorsed. Another senior party official, vice-chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim, said Ms Bhutto had named Mr Zardari as her successor as party chairman and opted to serve party as co-chairman of PPPP.

Mr Zardari blocked any further reporters’ questions to Bilawal, saying that although chairman, he was still of “tender age”. Mr Zardari also announced that the couple’s children would now change their name to Bhutto.

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