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Sharif ouster brings fresh uncertainty to Pakistan

As elections near, military returns to kingmaker role

| Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
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A supporter of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passes out after the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Sharif.   © Reuters

Pakistan's three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been removed from office for a fourth time -- a fate all too common for civilian leaders in a country that has been ruled by the military for almost half of its 70-year existence.

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