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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
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From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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1988 ELECTIONS ARE REINSTITUTED following the death of strongman Gen. Zia ul-Haq in a plane crash. Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins and forms a coalition government. Parliament elects Ghulam Ishaq Khan president.

1990 President Khan dismisses the Bhutto government, accusing it of rampant corruption. Subsequent elections bring the Nawaz Sharif-led Islamic Democratic Alliance to power with a majority. In what is to become a familiar gripe, Bhutto charges that the election was rigged and cites an official campaign to discredit her party.

1993 A crucial year that is to set the tone for Pakistan politics. President Khan fires the Nawaz government for alleged corruption. Nawaz appeals to the Supreme Court, which reinstates him. After a two-month stalemate, the army makes noises, and Khan and Nawaz resign. Bhutto's party wins the largest number of seats in new elections and forms another coalition government. Farooq Leghari is elected president with Bhutto's backing.

1995 Bhutto's estranged brother Murtaza forms a breakaway faction of his sister's party. He calls on Bhutto's government to resign due to its inability to provide law and order. The feud between Bhutto and Nawaz heats up, and the latter is charged with treason. As usual, the charges are later withdrawn without explanation.

1996 Murtaza is slain, and two weeks later President Leghari fires the Bhutto government over the usual allegations. Zardari is charged with corruption and when that doesn't stick is jailed in connection with Murtaza's murder. Bhutto appeals her dismissal to the Supreme Court hoping to be reinstated like Nawaz before her.

1997 Leghari forms a council that includes top generals. The Supreme Court rules Bhutto's dismissal legal and polls go ahead.

-- Researched by Stuart Whitmore

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