Elections in both Turkey and Pakistan show the trend. In Turkey, the ruling parties received hardly any votes at all while the party they tried to outlaw, including its leader who cannot become Prime Minister because he once read a 'banned' poem in public, is now way on top. Similar in Pakistan where an
'Islamist' is set to become Pakistan PM.
'Hardline Islamic' parties have reached an agreement with a bloc of pro-democracy parties to form a coalition government in Pakistan. The agreement is a blow to President Pervez Musharraf whose supporters hold the most seats but have been unable to agree to form a coalition with anyone. The parties will announce their choice for prime minister later, but officials in both camps say the top spot would likely go to Fazl-ur Rahman, the head of Jamiat-e-ulema Islam, or Party of Islamic clerics.