ELECTIONS OF 1997 The elections of 1997, held on 3 February, followed another dismissal of the prime minister by the president On 5 November 1996, President Farooq Leghari used Article 582(b) of the constitution to remove Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from office The National Assembly was dissolved, and another general election was ordered-the fourth in less than nine years For the first time, voting for the National and four Provincial Assemblies was held on the same day There was some expectation that these elections would bring a new political force onto the political scene Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf was expected to do well, particularly in the urban areas The party had mounted a vigorous campaign against both the Pakistan People’s Party of Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League The results surprised most political observers The PML, by winning 138 out of 200 seats in the National Assembly, was given a mandate that was clear and unambiguous

The PPP, seeing only 17 candidates return to the assembly, received a message that the people were very unhappy with the way it had governed while it held power The PPP was completely wiped out from Punjab, the largest province and the place of the party’s birth

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