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Confirmed: Pakistan General Elections To Take Place On July 25

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| May 27 , 2018 , 10:18 IST

As the current government in Pakistan enters its final week in office, the Pakistan President's office on Saturday confirmed that its general elections would take place on July 25, the only second ever democratic transfer of power in the country.

"General elections in the country will be held on July 25 this year. Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain has approved the date for elections signing the summary sent by the Election Commission of Pakistan about it," the Pakistani government said in a tweet.

The current government under Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be completing its tenure on May 31, after which a 'caretaker' temporary government will take over from June 1 and remain in office until a new government is established through elections.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) government, which was elected in 2013, is the second consecutive elected government poised to complete the 5-year tenure. In 2013, Nawaz Sharif became the 15th prime minister of Pakistan but was ousted from power by the Supreme Court last year in July on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life. After the ousting of Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, from the same (PML-N) party, became the prime minister.

"This is the second consecutive parliament to complete its tenure and we are now looking forward to go to the people to get their verdict on our performance," Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said to AFP.

As per the Election Commission of Pakistan, a total of 105.95 million voters, including 59.2 million male and 46.7 million female, will be eligible to vote for the upcoming elections.