/ 12 February 2024

Everyone’s a winner in Pakistan


Who says Pakistan can’t have 2 prime ministers? We talked about this election last week, and the results came in yesterday. Defying expectations, candidates linked to former PM Imran Khan’s PTI (Justice for Pakistan) party won the most seats with 93 – but not a majority. Still, Khan has declared victory via an AI-generated video (which is an option when you’ve won an election from prison, we guess…). Also claiming the win with 75 seats was the pre-election favourite Nawaz Sharif, who wants a fourth crack at being PM. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) party reckons it can get more support than PTI by forming a coalition government with other smaller parties. Whatever happens from now, Pakistan’s powerful military has called for restraint, saying “maturity and unity” are needed as the country figures out what’s next.

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