Bush Phones Musharraf After Election Defeat

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — President Bush has spoken by telephone with Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf following his party’s loss in Monday’s parliamentary elections.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino disclosed the call Thursday but won’t say what the two leaders discussed.

Talking with reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Liberia, Perino said Bush has supported Musharraf all along because he “helped Pakistan on its path to democracy.” And she said Musharraf has been a good partner in the war against terrorists.

The White House says it’s up to Pakistan’s newly elected lawmakers to decide the embattled Musharraf’s political future.

Opposition parties won enough seats to form a new government, but they do not appear to have the numbers needed to oust Musharraf.