May 11, 2013
The front-runners in Pakistan's landmark general election won their seats late Saturday after millions of people defied deadly Taliban attacks to take part in a historic democratic transition.
First results began coming through around four hours after polling stations closed at 6:00 pm (1300 GMT), having been extended because of the large numbers of people waiting to vote on a dramatic day in which 24 people were killed.
The main issues are the tanking economy, an appalling energy crisis that causes power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, the alliance in the US-led war on Islamist militants, chronic corruption and the dire need for development.
It marks the first time that an elected civilian administration has completed a full term and handed power to another
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