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Pakistan elects Dr. Arif Alvi president

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Dr. Arifur Rehman Alvi, a candidate from Pakistan's ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has been elected the 13th president of Pakistan, according to provisional results, Dawn reported.

The Election Commission of Pakistan is scheduled to announce official results Wednesday (September 5) once the vote counting ends. The Pakistani parliament and the four provincial assemblies elect the president.

Alvi defeated candidates from other major parties, including Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, leader of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), and Aitzaz Ahsan, a senior leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), according to unofficial results.

"I am grateful to God that the PTI-nominated candidate has been successful in the presidential race today," Alvi said in his victory speech.

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