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Bhutto says party will protest Pakistan voting

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Sunday her populist party may launch nationwide demonstrations to protest what she called "massive election fraud" by her opponents. A right-wing coalition opposing her easily won Wednesday's national elections and Saturday's provincial legislative balloting, dashing Bhutto's hopes for a comeback following her ouster two months ago.

"At the moment the people are angry," Bhutto said in an interview. "This is all very distressing. What do you tell people?"

In elections Wednesday for the National Assembly, the policymaking lower house of Parliament that chooses the prime minster, the Islamic alliance defeated Bhutto by a 2-to-1 margin.

Saturday's elections were the bloodiest in Pakistan's 43-year history. At least 33 people were killed and up to 50 others injured in violent clashes.

Voting ended after only three hours in at least one constituency in southern Sindh, Bhutto's power base. Gunmen sprayed a rural voting booth, killing three people and injuring several more, said Election Commissioner Naeemuddin, who uses only one name.

The results of at least nine other constituencies were delayed because violence had stalled either voting or counting, Naeemuddin said.

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