Pakistan's general election - in 90 seconds
9 May 2013 Last updated at 17:16 BST
Voters in Pakistan are going to the polls this weekend to choose a new parliament, a landmark election for the 66-year-old nation.
Barring disaster, one elected government will be followed by another - the first time that has happened in a land with a history of coups and political upheaval,
The campaign has hardly been plain-sailing, though. There have been Taliban attacks, the return of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, and a dramatic injury to ex-cricketer Imran Khan.
With the US and Nato on the way out of Afghanistan, a stable Pakistan is crucial to regional security. Will the current crop of candidates find a way to deliver?
Adam Blenford reports.
Coups, conflict and cricketers: Pakistan's vital election - in 90 seconds