Pakistan election: Why voters backed Nawaz Sharif

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Nawaz Sharif has established himself as the most successful politician in Pakistan’s history. It’s not just that he has won an unprecedented third term as prime minister. He has also survived sustained corruption allegations, periods of deep unpopularity, imprisonment, exile and being thrown out of power in a military coup. The last time he lived in Prime Minster’s House, in the late 1990s, his main objective was to see off anyone who challenged his authority. Frustrated by opposition in the parliament, he tried to pass a constitutional amendment that would have enabled him to enforce Sharia law. He also confronted other power centres – a mob of his supporters ransacked the…

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