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Pakistan government makes history by completing full term

  • Pakistan's government has made history by becoming the country’s first elected administration to complete a five-year term of office.

    An interim government is to be installed until the next election, which will be held in May.

    Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf hailed it as a victory for democracy in the country where governments in the past have been overthrown in coups or ended because of assassinations or murders.

    "There is a long history of tussle between the democratic and undemocratic forces in Pakistan, but the democratic forces have finally achieved a victory," he said in a televised statement on Saturday.

    Ashraf became prime minister after his successor was ousted amid a dispute with the judiciary. He has held the post for less than a year.

    He is likely to hold the position until a new interim administration is installed within the next week.