A man looks at a television screen displaying cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan swearing in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, in Karachi, Pakistan August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country.The July 25 election that brought his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to power was branded "Pakistan's dirtiest," with accusations throughout the campaign that the military was trying to tilt the playing field in Khan's favour.Khan had invited the rest of the 1992 cricket team to the ceremony, and fast bowler Wasim Akram was pictured smiling among the crowd.Pakistan's 71-year history has been punctuated by coups and assassinations, and the 2018 election was only its second ever democratic transition of power from one civilian government to another.No prime minister of Pakistan has ever completed a full five-year term. Khan will have to contend with the same issue as many predecessors: how to maintain a power balance in civil-military relations.
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