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Pakistani PM vows to fix woes

on June 05, 2013 10:00 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister today vowed to fix the country’s ailing economy and end electricity blackouts while also calling for an end to American drone strikes in the tribal areas.

Nawaz Sharif was elected to an unprecedented third term as the prime minister of this country of 180 million people by an electorate frustrated with corruption, inflation and unemployment and looking to him for quickly needed solutions.

He must also navigate a tricky relationship with the U.S., which has angered many Pakistanis by using unmanned aerial vehicles to kill militants who hide in the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan.

Speaking to the parliament just minutes after he was elected, Sharif acknowledged the size of the problems in front of him and vowed action.

“I will do my best to change the fate of the people and Pakistan,” he said.

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