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Hope in Pakistan

The results of the Pakistani election mean there is a real chance that its competing power blocs could find a lasting accommodation via the constitution

By Emran Mian   February 2008

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The emerging results from Pakistan’s election show that Pakistan Muslim League-Q—the PML faction allied to President Musharraf—has been badly beaten. This isn’t in itself a ringing endorsement of constitutional democracy in Pakistan, but the details of the results suggest that there may be more hope for democracy than some had dared wish for.

For a start, what’s more remarkable than Q’s losses in terms of seats is the identity of those that lost—including its president, Shujjat Hussain, and the speaker of the national assembly, Ameer Hussain. In a country where leading political…

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