Historic Election Marks Transition in Pakistan

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan addresses a rally in Lahore on October 30, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

This weekend saw historic elections in Pakistan. Despite the violence in the run-up to the elections, which saw regular bomb blasts and the kidnapping of the son of a former Prime Minister, Saturday's vote marked the first time the country has transitioned from one democratically elected government to another. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to be the new Prime Minister. 

Arif Rafiq, adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute and president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic guidance on Middle East and South Asian political and security issues, describes what kind of coalition might emerge from this vote.


Arif Rafiq

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Mythili Rao

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