Monday, November 05, 2007
More on Musharraf: Did Succession Questions Play a Role
Under the conditions of the emergency, in contrast, Musharraf seems to have full power and authority to create and maintain a clear line of succession of power to other army figures who could step in as deputies and successors, bypassing the existing constitutional framework.
That would be dictated by Pakistan's constitution.
If Musharraf were to be "killed or incapacitated," the chairman of the Senate, Muhammad Mian Soomro, would take over as president.
If Musharraf remained as chief of army staff, he would automatically be succeeded by the vice chief of army staff, Ashfaq Kiyani -- handpicked by Musharraf.
The articles pertaining to presidential and army chief succession are not.
Musharraf's Provisional Constitutional Order permits him to unilaterally amend the constitution. Conceivably, he could create a new succession order -- but there's little reason for him to. The chairman of the Senate and vice chief of the army are his handpicked allies.