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Pakistan: Imran Khan on course to become new PM

Pakistan: Imran Khan on course to become new PM

Imran Khan is on course to become prime minister in Pakistan. With nearly half the votes counted from Wednesday’s parliamentary election, Mr Khan’s PTI party is in the lead.

According to reports, with votes counted in 49% of stations, Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party is leading in 119 of the 272 National Assembly constituencies being contested.

The charismatic aristocrat who captained Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992, has long shed his celebrity playboy image and has recently faced accusations that his election challenge is benefiting from military interference in the nuclear-armed republic.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the results, as have a host of smaller parties, all alleging vote-rigging and manipulation.