Madam Speaker

Nancy Pelosi has a new counterpart in Pakistan. The National Assembly’s new speaker is Dr. Fehmida Mirza. While Pakistan has had a female prime minister twice before, Mirza is Pakistan’s first female NA speaker. Her election is a step toward Asif Zardari’s consolidation of the party as Mirza’s husband is a close friend of Zardari.

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