ISLAMABAD — Pakistan will hold nationwide parliamentary elections on May 11, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday. The vote is expected to produce the country's first transition from one civilian government to another.
The president approved a proposal finalizing the May date for the forthcoming election, said Farhatullah Babar.
The Pakistani parliament completed its term Saturday, making it the first democratically chosen body to finish a full five-year term in a country that has seen three military coups and persistent political turmoil since its 1947 independence from Britain.
The ruling Pakistan People's Party has been dogged by rumors that it would be deposed or forced to call early elections ever since it assumed office in March 2008. Its five-year term in office has been marked by near-constant political crises and a rocky relationship with the country's powerful military.