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Sharif Set to Take Office for 3rd Term as Pakistan's PM

Nawaz Sharif is set to take office as Pakistan's prime minister Wednesday, completing the first transition of power between two democratically elected civilian governments in the nearly 66-year history of the country.

Mr. Sharif, who is 63, will be formally chosen by a vote in the National Assembly before the swearing-in ceremony. It will be his third term as prime minister. His Pakistan Muslim League party scored a comfortable win in the May 11 general election.

Mr. Sharif has said he wants to continue good relations with the United States. But, he has warned that Washington must take Pakistan's concerns seriously about drone strikes against militants. The drone strikes along the Afghan border are deeply unpopular among Pakistanis who say the strikes have killed civilians.

Mr. Sharif was Pakistan's prime minister from 1990 until 1993, when he was forced to resign because of allegations of corruption. He returned to the job in 1997, but was toppled by a military coup two years later.

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