POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Musharraf's Party Concedes Defeat, Opposition Celebrate Landmark Election Victory

President Musharraf's supporters conceded defeat last night in a landmark parliamentary election that could seal his political fate and resurrect democracy in Pakistan after eight years of military rule.

But while the two main opposition parties appeared to have swept the vote, neither was expected to win an outright majority, setting the stage for a coalition government in this chronically unstable country.

Despite 470,000 police and troops on the streets, turnout was only 30 to 40 per cent because of a wave of suicide attacks by Islamic militants since July, including one that killed Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister, on December 27. Voting was relatively peaceful given the security threat -- although Ms Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) claimed 15 members were killed in an attempt to deter voters.

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