Ruling party wins big in Senate elections


The governing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has won an additional 14 seats in the 104 seat upper house or Senate, taking their tally to 41 seats. Along with their allies, who took 29 seats, they now have 70 seats which will secure their tenure until further elections in three years time.

The main opposition Pakistan Muslim League (N) took seven additional seats. Meanwhile two governing alliance parties, the Awami National Party (ANP) went up from six to 12 Senators and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) added one seat to its previous tally of six.

Another governing alliance party, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) dropped from 10 to seven seats.

An election for the 337 seat National Assembly or lower house is due to take place sometime in 2013. There have been calls for an early election, but the results of the Senate election almost certainly mean that this will not now happen.

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