Zardari set to step down as Pakistan president
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari steps down on Sunday having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years, but facing criticism for leaving the economy and security in a shocking state.
Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Mr Zardari - once jailed for 11 years for alleged corruption - relinquishes power for a new life likely to be split between Pakistan and Dubai.
Six years after his wife, two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was murdered, he retires having presided over the only civilian government in Pakistan history to complete a full term in office and hand over to another at the ballot box.
His successor is Mr Mamnoon Hussain, a businessman and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose low-key persona and lack of personal power base puts him in stark contrast to Mr Zardari.