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Imran Khan predicts victory in elections

January 24, 2013

Chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) party Imran Khan.—AFP Photo

DAVOS: Imran Khan, former cricket star turned populist politician, says he's more confident than ever that his party will sweep upcoming national elections and that he will become the country's next leader.    

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Khan says he is optimistic the country wants change.

He claims 40 million young Pakistanis will vote for the first time, out of an electorate of 90 million, and that they represent a ''big vote for change.''

The general election is expected in coming months.

Khan accused those wanting to maintaining the status quo of closing ranks, giving huge amounts of money to the media to criticize his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf party, and conducting a propaganda campaign accusing him of being pro-Taliban.