WEB DESK: For some countries, politics runs in the blood of their leader. The next of kin is destined to be the successor their political parties and the agendas set by it. Countries like Pakistan, India, USA, Bangladesh and Syria have had rulers of the same family, sometimes more than once.
1. THE BHUTTO CLAN
Pakistan Peoples Party founder and leader, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto served as the fourth President and ninth Prime Minister for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. His reign ended via dictatorship by General Zia-ul-Haq in 1977. After he was hung in 1979, his elder daughter, Benazir Bhutto succeeded him as the chairperson of hisparty. Benazir Bhutto also served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was elected as the PM twice.
2. NEHRU FAMILY
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, held the office for 17 years (1947-1964). Nehru is termed as the paramount leader of Indian Independence movement. His immense popularity is the reason that the man kept the highest office of Indian government until his death. Later, his only daughter Indira Gandhi got the leadership of Indian National Congress in 1966. She become the third Prime Minister the same year and held the offices till 1977. Indira Gandhi kept the Premiership twice (1966-77) and (1980-84), she was assassinated in 1984. After Indira’s assassination her son Rajiv Gandhi assumed the premiership from 1984-89.
3.POWER OF BUSH
George H.W. Bush was the 41st president of United States of America. The man was a republican and ruled the then only super power of the world from (1989-1993). His legacy was transmitted to his son George W. Bush who served as the 43rd President of USA. Junior Bush got the office in 2001 and was replaced by the current President Barack Obama in 2009.
4. MUJEEB-UR-REHMAN AND FAMILY
Sheikh Mujib ur Rehman was the founding father, first president and second Prime Minister of independent Bangladesh. Mujib was also the leader of Awami League, the party behind liberation of Bangladesh. Mujib along with his family was assassinated by his junior Army officers in 1975. Only two daughters of the founding father escaped that coup since they were in Germany. Haseena being the eldest one got his father’s legacy and became the elected leader of Awami League in 1981. The lady currently is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
5. AL-ASSAD’S IN SYRIA
Hafez-al-Assad is a Syrian statesman who was the President of Syria from 1971 to 2000. Hafez ruled Syria for 30 years and even before his demise made his son Bashar-al-Assad his-heir-apparent. Bashar assumed the office in 2000 and he is currently leading Syria in the Syrian civil war.