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Pakistan's substitute PM pushes ahead with reforms

Progress could help salvage the ruling party's scandal-hit reputation

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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reviews an honor guard in Islamabad on Aug. 3.   © Reuters

TOKYO Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi -- the successor to Nawaz Sharif, who was recently removed by the Supreme Court in connection with the "Panama Papers" -- is charging ahead with economic reforms. The catch is that he has less than a year until the next general election, expected in mid-2018, meaning his maneuvering room may be limited.

Abbasi's connection with Sharif could also haunt him, as public anger over the Panama Papers scandal builds outside their stronghold in the state of Punjab.

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