Supporters of Khan dance to celebrate the victory of their party candidate in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Pakistan's cricket legend Imran Khan declared victory Thursday in a divisive general election and said he was ready to lead the nuclear-armed country after a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote rigging by opponents.With about half the votes counted from Wednesday's election, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was in a commanding lead in the Muslim-majority nation, the country's election commission said.Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy.With 48 percent of the total vote counted, Khan's PTI was listed by the ECP in its provisional results as leading in 113 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies.
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