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HISTORIC Pakistan Makes First Democratic Transition Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty

Pakistan Makes First Democratic Transition

Pakistan handed over power from one democratically elected government to another for the first time in its 66-year history, Saturday, when swearing in new members to its National Assembly. Pakistan’s new lawmakers are already tasked with some major challenges, such as the country’s seriously suffering economy, violence instigated by the Taliban, and other extremists and energy shortage that results in up to 20 hours a day without power for some.

June 1, 2013 10:20 AM