>> Pakistan's general election has been plunged into chaos after authorities said, they were delaying the full results with cricket hero Imran Khan in the lead. After the partial count was revealed, opposition groups were quick to call foul, saying that the count was rigged. The party of Khan's jailed rival, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went as far to call it an assault on democracy.
>> We reject this result totally, we totally rebuff it. We do not accept this result.>> But supporters of Khan's party were already celebrating the early results in the streets. The full results were initially due at 2 AM local time on Thursday. But authorities said, there was a failure of the electronic counting system, which meant votes needed to be counted by hand.
A party needs to win at least 137 seats in Pakistan's National Assembly to form government on their own. Voting on Wednesday was marred by a suicide bombing that killed 31 people at a polling station in the city of Quetta. Islamic State claimed the responsibility for the attack. Hundred of thousands of soldiers had been stationed at voting booths around the country on polling day.
Whoever wins the vote will have huge challenges, Pakistan is facing a worsening economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout from the IMF. That's along with the country's shocking water shortages, and any new leader of the nuclear armed Muslim nation will also need to deal with worsening relations with on/off ally the United States.