Female first for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's national assembly was set to elect its first woman speaker yesterday, a member of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, which won elections last month.

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's national assembly was set to elect its first woman speaker yesterday, a member of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, which won elections last month.

Fehmida Mirza, 51, a doctor from a political family in Sindh province, is expected to easily defeat a candidate from the main party that backs President Pervez Musharraf. - Reuters

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