Pakistani analyst Ahmed Rashid helps unpack the sudden dismissal of Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and what it could mean for Pakistani democracy and US relations.
Mr. Gilani had defied a court order to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari, who belongs to the same political party as Gilani. This means that Pakistan effectively has no prime minister.
The Monitor called up veteran political analyst Ahmed Rashid, author of "The Taliban," to ask him what this means and what the effects could be for Pakistan and its allies, including the United States.
Prime Minister Gilani has been removed from office by the Supreme Court, and he will step down.
It now depends on President [Ali] Zardari to name a successor. The PPP [Pakistan People’s Party] has accepted that Gilani will step down, and tomorrow Mr. Zardari will appoint a new prime minister from the PPP. He will then be elected by the party as the new prime minister.