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Pakistan's Musharraf Readies for Re-Election

Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is taking steps to smooth his way for re-election on Saturday. He's named a successor as army chief, a role he's promised to surrender. The election is a mere precursor to President Musharraf's real battle to hold power. His government is planning an amnesty that would remove corruption cases against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who he's courting as a political ally.

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Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.