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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