Belfast Telegraph

Khan tops poll but will need to form coalition

By David Reed

Former cricket star Imran Khan has won in Pakistan's polls but will need to seek out allies to form a coalition government.

Election officials announced yesterday that Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party had won 114 of the 269 seats in the National Assembly.

The election on Wednesday gave his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League, 63 seats.

Mr Sharif, who heads the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, made claims of fraud and manipulation.

Mr Khan had already declared his victory and dismissed the allegations of fraud, calling it the most transparent election in Pakistan's history.

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