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Polls close in Pakistan national elections

Former cricket star Imran Khan and his right-of-centre party are among the leading contenders.

Polls have closed across Pakistan in the national election of a third straight civilian government in the Islamic nation.

The leading contenders are former cricket star Imran Khan and his right-of-centre Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI) and the right-of-centre Pakistan Muslim League, the party of disgraced prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif is in jail serving 10 years on corruption charges and his younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, has taken control of the party.

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A man casts his vote at a polling station in Rawalpindi (AP)

The third-largest party in the running is the left-leaning Pakistan People’s Party, headed by Bilawal Bhutto.

He is the son of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, assassinated by Pakistan’s Taliban militants, whom she had vowed to eradicate.

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