Agence France-PresseJuly 30, 2013 11:32
Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's unpopular outgoing president saddled by corruption allegations, defied critics by staying in office for five years but steps down next month leaving his party in crisis.
Zardari did not seek re-election at Tuesday's vote for a new ceremonial head of state and his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is staring at a future of deep uncertainty.
The PPP government was the first in Pakistan's history to complete a full five-year term and transfer power at the ballot box. But after a rudderless campaign, the party lost badly on polling day in May.