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Initial results of Pakistan's general elections unveiled
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16:10, February 20, 2008

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A local Pakistani newspaper DAWN Wednesday unveiled initial unofficial results of the general elections held on Monday.

Except one slot of the National Assembly (NA) left unannounced, a total of 267 NA seats have been confirmed, according to DAWN.

According to the results, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) won 88 seats, topping a list of contesting parties in the competition. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, secured 65 seats as the runner up while the former ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is on the third position with 42 seats.

There are a total of 272 NA seats available for candidates. The election of four seats has been postponed due to the demise of candidates, leaving only 268 slots open.

However, some parties lodges complaints of the counting in some constituencies and the polling staff will have to recount the votes. It will possibly still take a couple of days before the final official results are announced.

Since PPP failed to won majority seats in NA, it will have to find one or more partners to form the next government.

The Co-Chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari said at a news conference here on Tuesday that his party were in contact with other parties except PML-Q on the formation of coalition government.

The President of PML-Q Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has confessed the defeat and decided to sit in the opposition. He said PML-Q would not join coalition government.

Source: Xinhua

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