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Pakistan Elections: A Positive Step Toward Democracy

By G. Shabbir Cheema

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 15, 2013

~~<p>This past weekend's national election in Pakistan marked a landmark event in the country's 66-year history. For the first time, an elected civilian government has completed a full five-year term and will hand over power to the newly elected government. Militant threats did not stop millions of Pakistanis from voting, with an unprecedented turnout of about 60 percent.</p>
<p>When the final tallies are in, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's center-right Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) is expected to hold around 130 out of 272 National Assembly seats, meaning that Sharif should be able to form a stable government with support from independents.</p>
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This past weekend's national election in Pakistan marked a landmark event in the country's 66-year history. For the first time, an elected civilian government has completed a full five-year term and will hand over power to the newly elected government. Militant threats did not stop millions of Pakistanis from voting, with an unprecedented turnout of about 60 percent.

When the final tallies are in, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's center-right Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) is expected to hold around 130 out of 272 National Assembly seats, meaning that Sharif should be able to form a stable government with support from independents. Login for more...



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