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With 27% of the seats at the National Assembly, the Pakistan Muslim League Party-Nawaz (PML-N)'s leader Nawaz Sharif will become Pakistan's Prime Minister for the third time. The holding of the general elections has been unanimously welcomed by the international community.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon expressed his satisfaction saying "this is the first ever transition from one civilian Government to another and a significant step forward for democracy in the country," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told his future counterpart he "received a strong mandate to lead Pakistan," and congratulated him for his "emphatic victory."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai phoned his counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, emphasizing that "Afghanistan and Pakistan had to continue bilateral cooperation in various areas, particularly in counter-terrorism."
US Secretary of State John Kerry termed the elections "an historic step in Pakistan's democratic journey" and British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Mr. "Sharif's commitment to prioritize economic reforms."
European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton underlined the "extremely difficult security environment and threats from extremists" did not prevent the Pakistani people and authorities from holding the elections.
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