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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on the verge of returning to office more than a decade after his ouster in a military coup. Sharif placed first in Saturday’s Pakistani elections and is now in talks to form a coalition government. The former cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, a vocal campaigner against political corruption and the U.S. drone war, also had a strong showing at the polls. Khan’s PTI party gained as many as 30 seats after previously holding just one. Khan has vowed to hold protests against Sharif’s victory over allegations of vote rigging. More than 150 people were killed in violence surrounding the vote, including 24 on election day. [see:  Taliban attack secular candidates]

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