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Pakistan 'anti-corruption' cleric to boycott elections

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A populist Pakistani cleric who has generated mass protests to demand sweeping political reform will boycott the forthcoming general elections, he told AFP. 

Pakistan cleric Tahir-ul Qadri answers questions during a press conference in Lahore, on January 19, 2013. Qadri -- who has generated mass protests to demand sweeping political reform -- will boycott the forthcoming general elections, he told AFP.

The polls, expected by mid-May but for which no date has yet been set, will mark the first democratic transition between two civilian governments in Pakistan, where the military remains powerful after staging three coups.

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