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Obama congratulates Pakistan on successful polls

World News : US President Barack Obama congratulated the people of Pakistan on conduct of general elections that marked the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

In a statement issued here from White House, Obama said, “I congratulate the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections.”

“The United States stands with all Pakistanis in welcoming this historic, peaceful and transparent transfer of civilian power, which is a significant milestone in Pakistan’s democratic progress. By conducting competitive campaigns, freely exercising your democratic rights, and persevering despite intimidation by violent extremists, you have affirmed a commitment to democratic rule that will be critical to achieving peace and prosperity for all Pakistanis for years to come.”

Early tallies suggested former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be headed back to power as leader of a coalition government, the LA Times reports. The election boasted high turnout despite threats from militants.

“The United States and Pakistan have a long history of working together on mutual interests, and my administration looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the Pakistani government that emerges from this election as equal partners in supporting a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for the people of Pakistan,” Obama said.

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