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Pakistan plans to hold national elections in May

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan plans to hold landmark national elections in May, the country’s information minister said Tuesday. The vote would mark the first time a civilian government completed a full five-year term in the country and transferred power through the ballot box.

Previous governments have been deposed in army coups or dismissed by presidents allied with the generals. That history has led to fervent speculation in the past few years about whether the government would make it to the finish line this time around.

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