Imran Khan and Pakistan's evolving democracy

Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan at an election campaign this month. Many believe Mr Khan is in line for elevation to prime minister with the security establishment's support.
Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan at an election campaign this month. Many believe Mr Khan is in line for elevation to prime minister with the security establishment's support.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

On July 25, up to 106 million registered voters will go to the polls in Pakistan to elect a new government. This is likely to mark a third successive transfer of power following the end of the military dictatorship led by General Pervez Musharraf in 2008.

While general elections are being held on time - 60 days after the completion of the previous government's five-year term on May 31 - uncertainty and intrigue continue to haunt the polity, with the historically dominant military always at the ready to assert itself as arbiter of Pakistan's structure of power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Imran Khan and Pakistan's evolving democracy'. Subscribe