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    Pakistan Makes First Democratic Transition

    Newly-elected Pakistani parliamentarian Farooq Sattar (C) arrives to take the oath at parliament house in Islamabad on June 1, 2013. Pakistan's new parliament was sworn-in on June 1, completing the country's first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI        (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    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.

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