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Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistani vote

His party unable to win majority; violence kills 20

ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory after a historic parliamentary election marred by violence Saturday, a remarkable comeback for a leader once toppled in a military coup and sent into exile.

The 63-year-old Sharif, who has twice served as prime minister, touted his success after unofficial, partial vote counts showed his Pakistan Muslim League-N party with an overwhelming lead. The party weathered a strong campaign by former cricket star Imran Khan that energized Pakistan’s young people.

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