Pak govt ends unprecedented full term, creates history

Updated: March 17, 2013 17:03 IST

Pakistan's elected government completed its full five-year term on Saturday, the first in the country's turbulent history to do so, leaving a legacy of Taliban violence, sectarian unrest, chronic power cuts and a fragile economy. Parliament was dissolved at midnight after completing its term, and a caretaker administration will manage the government until general elections within 90 days. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was expected to remain in office until the appointment of a caretaker prime minister, a process expected to take a few days. Ashraf defended his government in a televised farewell speech, saying it had launched economic reforms, raised the salaries of state workers and launched development projects.

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