Pervez Musharraf resigned today as president of Pakistan, nine years after taking power in a coup. The much-criticized U.S. ally faced growing threat of impeachment, and said in a TV address to the nation that he was quitting to put the national interest above “personal bravado.”
Musharraf said he will stay in Pakistan, where the man he ousted 9 years ago, Nawaz Sharif, leads one of the two parties that govern the nation in a coalition.
Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League, is barely on speaking terms with his coalition partner, Asif Ali Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto. Zardari also has been accused of greed and corruption, during his late wife’s reign.
Musharraf’s resignation, and the uneasy relation between Sharif and Zardari, leave the future uncertain for a nuclear-armed, key U.S. ally in the world’s most volatile region.