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Pakistan set for historic, unpredictable election

ISLAMABAD — Despite a bloody campaign marred by Taliban attacks, Pakistan is holding historic elections Saturday pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation.

The vote marks the first time in Pakistan’s 65-year history that a civilian government has completed its full term and handed over power in democratic elections. Previous governments have been toppled by military coups or sacked by presidents allied with the army.

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