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Five things to know about Pakistan's general election

Prospect of growing military influence casts shadow over fragile democracy

TOKYO -- The polls opened on Wednesday for Pakistan's general election, which will choose a new prime minister following the ouster of Nawaz Sharif on charges of corruption last July. 

The country is currently run by a caretaker prime minister, and the outcome of the election is expected to have broad implications for democracy in Pakistan, as well as relations with its two neighbors -- India and China.

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