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Final count confirms Sharif victory

The final vote count from Pakistan's national elections has confirmed a big win for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's party.

Figures released by the country's election commission on Tuesday show that Mr Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N party is likely to get a majority in the national assembly, setting him up to be prime minister for the third time.

The commission said Mr Sharif's party won 123 of the 272 directly elected national assembly seats.

Independent candidates who normally join the party which forms the government won 25 seats. The combination would give Mr Sharif's party more than the 137 directly elected seats it needs for a majority.

The commission said the outgoing Pakistan People's Party won 31 seats. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by former cricket star Imran Khan won 26 seats.

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