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Pakistan general election 2013

article Brooke Slezak/Klenger/Terrade

If all goes well, Pakistan’s 11 May general election will be historic – for the first time a civilian government has served its full term without being toppled by the military or brought down by crisis. But Pakistan still has problems – corruption, power cuts, poverty, sectarian violence, Taliban insurgency and unscrupulous politicians. Tony Cross reports on the poll for RFI.

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  • Pakistan election losers claim widespread fraud

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  • Nawaz Sharif set to return as Pakistani PM, will Imran Khan join government?

    Nawaz Sharif expects to be Pakistan‘s prime minister for the third time after claiming victory in Saturday’s general election. The tsunami of support predicted by former cricket captain Imran Khan for his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed to …

  • Big support for Imran Khan as Pakistanis vote for change

    Voter turnout is high in most parts of Pakistan on a historic election day, that could see Imran Khan’s PTI party score unexpectedly well. In the key city of Lahore, Pakistanis of all ages said they were voting PTI in the desperate hope that it …

  • Slideshow: Pakistan’s general election

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  • Pakistan’s religious minorities confront violence and discrimination

    The death toll of more than 100 during Pakistan’s general election campaign has drawn attention to the political violence that is part of the country’s life. But there is also sectarian violence, as Pakistan’s religious minorities know only too …

  • Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election

    Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious …

  • At least five dead in giant Lahore blaze

    At least five people are reported dead in a fire in a local government building in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Rescue services struggled with the blaze for several hours.

  • Anxious Imran Khan fans stake out Lahore hospital, hope for PTI sympathy vote

    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is challenging Pakistan’s established parties in Saturday’s general election, spent the last day of campaigning in hospital Thursday, after being injured at a rally Tuesday. But a tide of sympathy may …

  • Pakistan’s judges – whose side are they on?

    Pakistanis go to the polls on Saturday and the former ruling party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is having a tough fight holding onto power. It faces a stiff challenge from the opposition parties. But it has another enemy: a newly combative …

  • Polls suggest record turnout in Pakistan election despite campaign bombings

    At least 87 people have been killed during campaigning for Pakistan’s general election to be held on 11 May, with the bombing of an Islamic party meeting on Monday killing 18. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack, saying …

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