PML-N EMERGES AS SINGLE LARGEST PARTY IN Pak POLLS
REZAUL H LASKAR
Islamabad, May 14: Nawaz Sharif's PML-N has emerged as the single largest party in Pakistan's landmark general elections with 122 of the 272 Parliamentary seats but fell short of a majority and would form a government with support of independents and smaller parties.
The PML-N's two closest rivals – the Pakistan People's Party and Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf – lagged far behind with 31 and 26 seats, respectively. The Election Commission announced the results for only 250 parliamentary seats, saying results were awaited from 18 constituencies in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces and the tribal areas.
Earlier, trends emerging from the counting of votes had shown that the PML-N led by former premier Sharif was set to bag about 125 seats. A total of 137 directly elected seats is needed for a majority and the PML-N is expected to form government at the centre with the backing of independent candidates and one or two smaller parties.
Another 70 seats, reserved for women and non-Muslims, will be allocated to parties according to their performance in the polls. To have a majority in the 342-member National Assembly, a party or coalition will need 172 seats.
The Senate or upper house of the parliament is currently controlled by the PPP. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which had been a key partner in the last PPP-led government, bagged 16 seats while Maulana Fazlur Rehman's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam won 10 seats in the National Assembly.
The Jamaat-e-Islami and PML-F won three seats each while the PML-Q, formed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National People's Partybagged two seats each.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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