Politics

PLANET PIC: Pakistan votes in its first democratic transition in 66 years

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Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) watch election results on a TV set on the street on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

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Daniel Berehulak

Pakistan held its landmark elections Saturday, heralded as the nuclear-armed country's first democratic handover of power in 66 years.

The day had its share of frustrations and fear: polling stations opened late or not at all, there was voter intimidation and allegations of rigging, and isolated bombings and violence throughout the country left at least 13 people dead.

But early this morning, Pakistan had a likely leader: Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League N.

As the official votes continue to be counted, here's a look at the historic vote. 

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This headline has been edited to reflect that these were not Pakistan's first democratic elections, but rather, their first democratic transition from one civilian government to another in 66 years. 

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    Voters wait in line under arches at a polling station in Lahore during the general elections in Pakistan on May 11, 2013.

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    A burqa-clad Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station in Peshawar on May 11, 2013.

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    A supporter of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan carries his portrait as they take part in a rally in Islamabad on May 11, 2013 in Pakistan's landmark elections after millions of people defied deadly Taliban attacks to take part in an historic democratic transition in the nuclear-armed state.

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    Women wanting to vote line up at a polling station in Dial Village in eastern Pakistan on May 11, 2013.

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    Roberto Schmidt

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    Pakistani election officials count ballot papers at the end of polling in Quetta on May 11, 2013. Counting began immediately after polling stations closed at 6:00 pm, having been extended because of the large numbers of people waiting to vote on a dramatic day in which 20 people were killed in largely isolated attacks.

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    Pakistani men pull a strecher carrying an injured blast victim at a hospital, following a bomb explosion in Karachi on May 11, 2013.

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    Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif, cheer as they listen to Sharif outside his residence after his party victory in general election in Lahore on May 11, 2013.

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    Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) celebrate election results with fireworks in front of a party office.

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    A man jumps onto a passing recycling truck as supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) celebrate election results in front of a party office late evening on May 11, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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    Daniel Berehulak

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    Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) celebrate election results in front of a party office late evening on May 11, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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    Supporters of Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan carry their party flags as they take part in a rally in Rawalpindi on May 12, 2013.

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    Aamir Qureshi

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    Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) celebrate election results in front of a party office late evening on May 11, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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    Daniel Berehulak

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    Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) watch election results on a TV set on the street on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

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    Daniel Berehulak

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    A Pakistani capital development authority worker removes electoral posters strung up between lamp posts a day after landmark general elections, in Islamabad on May 12, 2013.

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    Pakistani men read the newspapers a day after landmark general elections, in Rawalpindi on May 12, 2013. Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif appealed for cross-party support to help rebuild the nuclear-armed but economically crippled nation after winning historic elections that defied Taliban violence.

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    A Pakistani stands guard above the polling station where PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif cast his vote on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

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    Indian villagers from the birth place of Mian Muhammad Sharif, the father of Nawaz Sharif, dance as they celebrate the victory of the former Pakistani prime minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N).

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    Pakistanis cast their ballots at a polling station on May 11, 2013. Millions of Pakistanis cast their votes in parliamentary elections held today on May 11. It is the first time in the country's history that an elected government will hand over power to another elected government.

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    Daniel Berehulak