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Pakistan's new leader faces uphill climb rebuilding economy

Former cricket star promises change, starting from corruption and poverty

Imran Khan
Populist firebrand Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Justice Movement, has promised sweeping changes, but analysts remain sceptical.    © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- The victory of Imran Khan as Pakistan's next prime minister has the South Asian country euphoric, as supporters of the former cricket hero have been celebrating his victory since July 25's elections. But Khan faces immense challenges.

On July 27, Pakistan's Election Commission declared that Khan's political party had won enough votes to lead the largest party in the parliament, however he will need to form a coalition to take control of the government.

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