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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Vote Count Begins in Pakistan

The polls are closed in Pakistan and the counting of the vote begins
with the results expected to be known by Tuesday morning. I posted
earlier that Musharraf has stationed 80,000 troops by the polling
locations and while his announced intention of such a move was to

provide safety, it could have easily intimidated potential voters. The
turnout has been reported as between 35% to 42%. Here is an update:;_ylt=AjM2x9cWDEa.pkFhdyoSgAus0NUE

President Pervez Musharraf is concerned for if he loses the majority
of seats in the Parliament, his position could be in jeopardy.
Reuters is also reporting that Chuadhry Shujaat Hussain, the leader of
the (PML-Q) Pakistan Muslim League -Q party supporting Musharraf has
lost his seat in Parliament to a rival in the (PPP) Pakistan Peoples

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