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Pakistan: In a country marred by history of coups, government's historic term ends peacefully

Pakistan's government passes a major milestone, with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to finish its term in a country that has faced three military coups and persistent political turmoil.

But after years of militant attacks, worsening electricity blackouts and faltering economic growth, the political party that took office five years ago on a wave of sympathy following the assassination of iconic leader Benazir Bhutto will likely find it more difficult this time to win voters to its side.

Underscoring divisions, politicians failed to reach agreement on a caretaker government in time for Saturday's final session of parliament before new elections are held. The country's constitution calls for a vote within 60 days, although no date has yet been set.