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Musharraf Hails Local Election Results as Rejection of Extremists

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Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has praised voters for what he called their rejection of extremist elements in the municipal elections. His remark came a day after the ruling coalition -- Pakistan Muslim League and its partners -- said an overwhelming majority of its candidates won violence-marred elections. Official results are yet to be announced. Addressing a gathering in Karachi, the general said he was thankful to the people for electing moderate candidates and "rejecting extremist elements" in the elections. General Musharraf's remarks are likely to arouse the anger of religious groups that have already accused the government of rigging the local elections. More than 30 people were killed in sporadic incidents tied to the voting -- despite the presence of thousands of police, soldiers and para-military troops.
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