The party set to form Pakistan's next government has nominated the country's first female speaker of parliament.
The Pakistan People's Party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Tuesday chose Fahmida Mirza, a businesswoman and lawmaker from Sindh province.
Mirza is married to a close friend of Bhutto's widower and now party leader, Asif Ali Zardari. Parliament is expected to quickly approve her nomination Wednesday.
The PPP also nominated Faisal Karim Kundi as deputy speaker.
The PPP crushed President Pervez Musharraf's allies in last month's parliamentary elections and plans to form a coalition government with the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
Zardari has said he has no plans to run for prime minister -- but political analysts and media outlets speculate he will make a bid for the top post in the new government.