Pakistan will go to the polls on May 11, the presidency announced Wednesday, in an historic general election marking the first democratic transition of power in the country's 66-year existence.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari gives a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on December 11, 2012. Zardari has announced that general elections will be held on May 11, in what will mark the first democratic transition of power in the country's history.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who confounded critics by keeping his fractious coalition together for a full five-year term, announced the date days after the 342-member national assembly dissolved at the end of its term.
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