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Imran Khan faces economic tests in Pakistan's political caldron

Former cricket star to be sworn in as prime minister on Saturday

Pakistanis are unlikely to give Imran Khan much time to make good on his election promises.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister on Saturday, but the former cricket hero will have to bat off a slew of challenges if he is to become the first premier to complete a full term in the country's 71-year history.

Last month's parliamentary elections were shrouded by opposition claims of manipulation linked to the army. As well as having to shake off these allegations, Khan needs to stave off a balance of payments crisis, improve one of the world's worst tax-collection systems, and find a balance between competing demands from China, India, the U.S. and Afghanistan.

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