Pakistan's Sharif free to rule without unwieldy coalition

By REUTERS
May 16, 2013 11:42

 
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif won enough seats in Saturday's parliamentary election that he won't need to form a coalition with other major parties to push through badly needed reforms, final figures showed on Thursday.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 124 of a total 272 seats, with its nearest rival, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), winning 31, in the country's first democratic handing over of power since independence in 1947.

To achieve the required majority of 137, he need only secure support from a handful of like-minded independents.

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