I find this very bizarre. Like a monarchy or dictatorship where a relative "takes over". But I suppose some "democracy" is better than none.
It's a bizarre choice perhaps but to be fair, Bilawal Bhutto was chosen to be the chairman of a political party, not to lead a country like a monarch or a dictator. That party still has to go through elections.
On BBC World, an expert (forgot his name but he's a professor in the US) said that democracy in many of these Asian countries is still in an infancy stage, having to fight traditions that go back a long, long time. Democracy as the Western world knows it, did not take place all of a sudden either. It was a gradual procedure.
I can't begin to try to understand what's going through his head right now. He just lost his mother in a brutal way. Losing a parent suddenly is a huge shock to the system in the best of times, let alone take on such a responsibility while trying to deal with that.
So, I hope that this 19 year old has a strong head on his shoulders. The fact that his father will take on the role of chairman while his son is studying in England is perhaps good for the son but he's not exactly a man with a crispy clean reputation so that's not going to be easy either.
If it were up to me, I would let him continue with his studies, get some experience on a political level and then see if he's ready but I guess that they figure that there's not much time in Pakistan.