January 16, 2013 5:44 PM

Pakistani government says it will hold elections by May 6

Despite calls for months from the political opposition to clarify the timing of the election, there had been no official word. But the arrival in the capital Monday of charismatic preacher Tahir ul Qadri leading 50,000 supporters meant the government needed the opposition to stand with it against what Islamabad sees as an attempt to end Pakistan’s latest experiment with democracy.

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