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Pakistan: Ousted Former Prime Minister Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

1 MIN READJul 6, 2018 | 16:15 GMT

What Happened: A Pakistani court sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on charges related to corruption, Reuters reported July 5.

Why It Matters: Sharif's conviction means he will likely face arrest if he returns to Pakistan from London, preventing him from campaigning ahead of elections on July 25 and potentially creating a divided parliament that cannot stand up to the country's politically powerful army.

Background: Sharif was ousted from his position as prime minister in July 2017 after the Panama Papers triggered three anti-corruption cases against him.

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